Bob Marley was a Jamaican singer and songwriter who sold 20 million records in his career. He was the first international star to come from the ‘Third World’ and is considered one of the forerunners of reggae. A fusion of reggae, ska and rocksteady was his music’s hallmark. Marley died due to cancer at the age of 36.
Sean Paul is a Jamaican recording artist and producer, widely considered one of dancehall's most prolific artists. He is best known for his singles, Temperature and Get Busy. Most of his albums have received Grammy nominations under the Best Reggae Album category.
Jamaican reggae singer Orville Richard Burrell, better known as Shaggy, has delivered international hits such as It Wasn't Me and In The Summertime. The two-time Grammy-winning artist was also bestowed with the Jamaican Order of Distinction. He was part of the U.S. Marine Corps during Operation Desert Storm.
The son of reggae legend Bob Marley and musician and Miss World 1976 Cindy Breakspeare, Damian Marley is a renowned Jamaican DJ and rapper. Known as Junior Gong, the 4-time Grammy Award winner stepped into the professional music scene at age 13 and now calls himself a “Spiritual Revolutionary.”
Jamaican reggae/dancehall musician Vybz Kartel, also known as Worl' Boss, soared to fame with hits such as Romping Shop and Summer Time. In 2014, he was convicted of the murder of his associate Clive "Lizard" Williams and received a life sentence. However, he continues to release music from prison.
Stephen Marley is a Jamaican-American musician best known for his collaborations with his brothers Damian and Ziggy Marley. Stephen, the son of Bob Marley, is a multiple-time Grammy Award winner and a successful musician, both in the Jamaican and American music industry.
Jamaican-American rapper Safaree Samuels started his career with The Hoodstars. He is also known as rapper Nicki Minaj’s former boyfriend. He once launched a sex toy line and later sold his porn videos on his OnlyFans account. He has also been part of the reality show Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood.
Jimmy Cliff is best known for popularizing reggae. After beginning his music career singing at local fairs in Jamaica, he scored his first hit, Hurricane Hattie, at 14. He later sang the iconic single Hakuna Matata from The Lion King. He was also the star of the film The Harder They Come.
The daughter of reggae legend Bob Marley and his singer wife Rita Marley, Cedella Marley dons many hats. She is not just a singer but is also a successful fashion designer, an author, and an entrepreneur. She began her singing career with The Melody Makers and now heads her father’s record label.
Ky-Mani Marley is a Jamaican musician and actor best known for his 2001 studio album Many More Roads, which earned him a Grammy Award nomination. The son of Bob Marley, Ky-Mani Marley has also played lead roles in films like Shottas and One Love.
Rexton Rawlston Fernando Gordon, better known as Shabba Ranks, was one of the most popular dancehall performers of his time. The Grammy Award winner soared to international fame with the track Mr. Loverman. He was also once in trouble for allegedly communicating that he was against the LGBT community.
Bunny Wailer was a Jamaican percussionist and singer-songwriter. An original member of a famous band named The Wailers alongside Peter Tosh and Bob Marley, Wailer is regarded as one of the foremost exponents of reggae music. Over the course of his illustrious career, Bunny Wailer received several prestigious awards including three Grammy Awards.
Jamaican-British singer Marcia Barrett soared to fame as part of the iconic group Boney M. Later, as a solo artist, she released albums such as Survival. She eventually launched her own record label, Xoah Records. She has also struggled with and put her career on hold for ovarian cancer.
Masego is a Jamaican-American singer and musician who achieved widespread recognition in 2017 when he released his collaborative record Tadow alongside French Kiwi Juice (FKJ). Masego is best known for releasing songs that incorporate the saxophone in many beautiful ways.
Grace Latoya Hamilton, better known by her stage name Spice, is a dancehall singer, songwriter, and recording artist. She is one of the world's most popular female dancehall artists and is dubbed the Queen of Dancehall. Also known for her philanthropic efforts, Spice established the Grace Hamilton Women Empowerment Foundation in 2018, in an attempt to uplift young women.
Yellowman is a Jamaican dancehall and reggae deejay who achieved immense popularity in his country in the 1980s. Despite losing a large portion of his lower jaw due to a cancerous tumor, Yellowman has successfully released many studio albums and live albums. He continues to inspire many across Jamaica.
Remembered as the most popular member of the disco/reggae band Boney M, Liz Mitchell was born in Jamaica but moved to London at age 11. She also worked with the German cast of Hair and was part of the German pop group Les Humphries Singers. She later became a born-again Christian.
Bushwick Bill was a Jamaican-American record producer and rapper. He achieved fame as a member of the popular American hip hop group, Geto Boys. His popularity increased in 1991 when he shot himself after an argument with his girlfriend. Although he lost his right eye, the incident helped increase the sales of Geto Boys' album We Can't Be Stopped.
Beenie Man is a Dancehall deejay from Jamaica known for his 1995 studio album Blessed, which earned him international fame. He started his career as a prodigy, recording albums at the age of 10! He then went on to establish himself as one of the most popular deejays; he has had feuds with famous contemporaries like Yellowman and Bounty Killer.
Jamaican reggae musician Gregory Isaacs, also known as the Cool Ruler and Lonely Lover, soared to fame with the track Night Nurse. He excelled in both romantic ballads and socially relevant songs. He sold marijuana in his early days and had a lifelong drug problem. He was also once imprisoned for possessing firearms.
Known as much for his eccentricity as for his music, Jamaican record producer Lee Perry pioneered dub music in remixing. Also known by his nickname Scratch, he apparently burnt down his own studio, known as the Black Ark, in a fit of rage, thinking that Satan had made it his home.
Tessanne Chin soared to fame after winning season 5 of The Voice. The Jamaican recording artist was born to musician parents and was introduced to music as a child. Known for tracks such as Tumbling Down and Fire, he has also campaigned to raise awareness for diseases such as Lupus and AIDS.
OMI is a Jamaican singer best known for his song Cheerleader, which achieved commercial success, reaching number one in many countries including Germany, the US, and the UK. The song earned him nominations at the Teen Choice Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, NRJ Music Awards, Radio Disney Music Awards, and Billboard Music Awards.
Cedella Booker was a Jamaican singer best remembered as the mother of Bob Marley. Booker is credited with conceiving and creating an annual music event, which came to be known as the 9 Mile Music Festival. While Marley helped popularize the festival, Cedella Booker helped spread the legend of Marley far and wide by authoring two books on her son.
Winston Rodney, better known as Burning Spear, is one of the most popular roots reggae singers from Jamaica. He has often depicted Rastafarianism in his works. Along with Rupert Willington, he soared to fame with the track Door Peep. The 2-time Grammy winner is best known for the album Calling Rastafari.
Millie Small was a Jamaican singer-songwriter best remembered for her hit song My Boy Lollipop, which sold more than seven million copies worldwide, apart from taking up the second spot on US Billboard Hot 100 and the UK Singles Chart. The most successful Jamaican female performer of all time, Millie Small was also the Caribbean's first international recording star.
Toots Hibbert was a Jamaican singer-songwriter best remembered for his association with the musical group Toots and the Maytals where he was the lead vocalist. A pioneer of reggae music, Toots Hibbert helped establish the fundamentals of reggae over a course of his six decade-long career. His song Do the Reggay is credited as the origin of the name reggae.
Arguably the most popular Jamaican reggae singer of his time, Dennis Brown popularized what is now known as lovers rock. The Grammy-nominated singer started singing at age 9 and later soared to fame with tracks such as Africa. He had a lifelong struggle with drugs and of a lung collapse.
Sister Nancy is a Jamaican singer and dancehall DJ. She is the first female dancehall DJ to achieve international recognition. Sister Nancy was the most popular female dancehall DJ in the world for over two decades. One of her most popular singles Bam Bam is often referred to as the reggae anthem.
Koffee is a Jamaican singer, songwriter, deejay, rapper, and guitarist. She is best known for her 2019 extended play Rapture, which earned her the prestigious Grammy Award, making her the only woman and youngest person to receive the award under the Best Reggae Album category.
Bounty Killer is a Jamaican dancehall and reggae deejay. One of the most popular and aggressive dancehall deejays of the '90s, Bounty Killer is also widely regarded as one of the greatest dancehall lyricists. He is also well-known for his feuds with popular contemporaries like Beenie Man.
Beres Hammond is a Jamaican reggae singer best known for his lovers rock music. Hammond achieved immense popularity in the 1990s in Jamaica, during which he released successful albums like A Love Affair, Sweetness, and Putting Up Resistance. In 2014, Beres Hammond received a Grammy Award nomination for his album One Love, One Life.
Sizzla is a Jamaican musician best known as an exponent of reggae. A prolific musician, Sizzla is one of the most critically and commercially successful contemporary reggae artists in the world. Over the years, he has also been a controversial artist for incorporating anti-gay lyrics into his songs. Many of his concerts have been cancelled because of his anti-gay lyrics.
Ini Kamoze is a Jamaican reggae artist who achieved immense popularity in the 1990s with the release of his song Here Comes the Hotstepper, which took the number one position on the US Billboard Hot 100 among other music charts in countries like New Zealand and Denmark.
Super Cat is a Jamaican reggae and dancehall deejay who achieved tremendous popularity during the 1980s and 1990s dancehall movement. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest deejays of the Jamaican dancehall scene.
Prince Buster was a Jamaican singer, producer, and songwriter. He is best remembered for his records released in the 1960s, which shaped the course of contemporary music in Jamaica. In 2001, Prince Buster's immense contribution to music was honored by the Jamaican Government with the prestigious Order of Distinction.
Barrington Levy is a Jamaican dancehall and reggae artist. He is best known for his 2015 album Acousticalevy, which earned him a Grammy Award nomination under the Best Reggae Album category in 2016. Over the course of his illustrious career, Barrington Levy has also collaborated with other popular artistes like Bounty Killer and Snoop Dogg.
Busy Signal is a Jamaican musician, songwriter, producer, and deejay. He has released several successful albums, such as Reggae Music Again and Parts of the Puzzle. Also an entrepreneur, Busy Signal announced his own clothing line in 2011. He made headlines the following year when he was arrested and extradited to the US where he faced cocaine-related charges.
Jah Cure is a Jamaican musician best known for his hit albums like Ghetto Life. Renowned for his controversial lifestyle, Jah Cure was arrested in 1998 on charges of rape, robbery, and gun possession. He was released on parole in 2007, only to be arrested again in 2021 for stabbing a music promoter in Amsterdam.
Gyptian is a Jamaican reggae singer best known for his 2010 single Hold Yuh, which was featured on many international music charts like the Billboard Hot 100, Billboard Heatseekers Songs Chart, and Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Chart. Hold Yuh achieved further popularity when Gyptian released its remix version featuring rapper Nicki Minaj.
Precious Wilson is a Jamaican soul singer best known for her association with the British musical group Eruption, which was an all-male group before Wilson became its lead singer. Precious Wilson left the group in the late 1970s in order to pursue her solo career. Many of her singles have been featured on several international music charts.
Joseph Hill was a Jamaican singer-songwriter best remembered for his association with the roots reggae group, Culture. The group is most famous for their hit debut album Two Sevens Clash which released in 1977. Joseph Hill recorded 22 albums before his demise in 2006 at the age of 57.
Mr. Vegas is a Jamaican musician who achieved popularity in the late-1990s with the release of hits like Jack It Up, Yu Sure, and Latest News. Although he announced his retirement in 2008, he started working in 2009 and released songs like Can't Stop Now. Since coming out of retirement, Mr. Vegas has been releasing hit albums like Sweet Jamaica.
Alton Ellis was a Jamaican singer and songwriter best remembered as one of the innovators of a Jamaican music genre called rocksteady. Nicknamed the Godfather of Rocksteady, Alton Ellis was made an inductee of the International Reggae and World Music Awards Hall of Fame in 2006 for his contribution to Jamaican music.
Alborosie is an Italian reggae singer who has been credited with popularizing reggae music in Italy and other European countries. In 2011, he won the MOBO Award under the Best Reggae Act category. Alborosie is currently residing in Kingston, Jamaica.
Ken Boothe is a Jamaican singer best known for his distinctive timbre and vibrato. He is widely regarded as one of Jamaica's finest vocalists. Ken Boothe has also achieved international recognition, thanks to a series of crossover hits. In 2003, the Jamaican government honored his immense contribution to Jamaican music with the prestigious Order of Distinction.
Max Romeo is a Jamaican reggae recording artist whose songs have been featured on several music charts in the United Kingdom and in his home country. In 1968, Max Romeo released his single Wet Dream, which gave rise to a new style of reggae.
Tami Chynn is a Jamaican dancer and singer-songwriter. Tami was nominated at the International Reggae and World Music Awards for Best New Entertainer Award in 2006. Apart from recording songs, Tami Chynn has also appeared on commercials for popular brands like Pepsi.
Lady Saw is a Jamaican singer-songwriter and deejay who was once referred to as the Queen of Dancehall. She has received a Grammy Award and triple-platinum certifications for her albums and songs, making her the first female deejay to have achieved such a feat.