Reggae Singers

With the origin of Reggae music in Jamaica, reggae singers came with two similar styles called ska and rocksteady. The singers often combined these two styles and sung in Jamaican patois which is a dialect of English. Reggae music was pioneered by Bob Marley and the Wailers and they also paved the way for many other famous reggae singers. As the years passed this music was influenced by American blues and jazz and the first reggae single was recorded by The Pioneers. Reggae singers often sing in lyrics which are not easily understood by Americans and British. They also usually sing about Rastafarianism which is a popular religion in Jamaica and uses Cannabis as a sacred religious substance. Reggae singers represented the youth and the rebellious rude and aggressive boys of Jamaica. These singers often voiced out the sentiments of young men who underwent violence and were unemployed. Soon becoming a global phenomenon, reggae singers no more stressed on the rude boys but the music is still considered to be rebellious. Many bands and singers have become famous since Bob Marley and have still kept the spirit of this music alive. Read more about famous reggae singers and their biographies. Also learn interesting facts and trivia about them from their life histories.
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 1 Bob Marley

Bob Marley
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: February 6, 1945
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Nine Mile, Jamaica
Died: May 11, 1981

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.

 2 Grace Jones

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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: May 19, 1948
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Spanish Town

Grace Jones began her career as a model in New York and Paris, popularizing her androgynous style. One of VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock and Roll, she experimented with disco, punk, reggae, and pop, and contributed to the 1980s’ cross-dressing movement. She later appeared in films such as Vamp.

 3 Sean Paul

Sean Paul
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Famous As: Jamaican hip-hop artist
Birthdate: January 9, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn

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.

 4 Bradley Nowell

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: February 22, 1968
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Belmont Shore, Long Beach, California
Died: May 25, 1996
Bradley Nowell is best remembered as the lead vocalist and guitarist of the punk band Sublime. His dalmatian, Lou Dog, was the band’s mascot and often appeared on stage with the band. Nowell died of a heroin overdose, at 28, at a hotel in San Francisco, while touring with Sublime. 

 5 Israel Kamakawiwo'ole

Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 20, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii
Died: June 26, 1997

 6 Matisyahu

Matisyahu
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Famous As: Vocalist
Birthdate: June 30, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: West Chester, Pennsylvania
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 7 Vybz Kartel

Vybz Kartel
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Famous As: Songwriter
Birthdate: January 7, 1976
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kingston

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.

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 8 Jazmine Sullivan

Jazmine Sullivan
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: April 9, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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 9 Shameik Moore

Shameik Moore
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Famous As: Film actor
Birthdate: May 4, 1995
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia (U.S. State) Georgia, U.S.

 10 Santigold

Santigold
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 25, 1976
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.

 11 Eddy Grant

Eddy Grant
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: March 5, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Plaisance, British Guiana [now Guyana]

 12 Julian Marley

Julian Marley
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: June 4, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, England, UK
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 13 Spice

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 6, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Saint Catherine Parish

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.

 14 Maluma

Maluma
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: January 28, 1994
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Medellin, Colombia

Maluma is a Colombian singer, actor, and songwriter. After developing an interest in music early in his life, Maluma started recording songs at age 16. He then went on to collaborate with many successful artists and is currently among the best-selling Latin music artists, with sales of more than 26 million records worldwide.

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 15 Elettra Lamborghini

Elettra Lamborghini
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Famous As: Singer, Model
Birthdate: May 17, 1994
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bologna, Italy

Elettra Lamborghini began her career with TV reality shows such as Gran Hermano VIP and Super Shore. She later soared to fame with her chart-busting track Pem Pem, which was viewed over 4 million times in its debut week. Her track Tócame from Twerking Queen featured Grammy Award-winning rapper Pitbull.

 16 Pras Michel

Pras Michel
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: October 19, 1972
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York City New York, United States

 17 Toots Hibbert

Toots Hibbert
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 8, 1942
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: May Pen, Jamaica
Died: September 11, 2020

 18 Dennis Brown

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 1, 1957
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica Kingston, Jamaica
Died: July 1, 1999
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 19 Burning Spear

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 1, 1945
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saint Ann's Bay, Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica Saint Ann, Jamaica

 20 Stonebwoy

Stonebwoy
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 5, 1988
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ashaiman, Ghana
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 21 Bounty Killer

Bounty Killer
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 12, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica

 22 Paloma Mami

Paloma Mami
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 11, 1999
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States

 23 Teddy Afro

Teddy Afro
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 14, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

 24 John Williamson

John Williamson
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: November 1, 1945
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kerang, Australia

John Williamson is an Australian folk and country music singer-songwriter. A multi-talented individual, JOHN Williamson is also known for his skills as a multi-instrumentalist, conservationist, and television host. One of the most respected musicians in Australia, Williamson has released more than 50 albums and has won several awards. In 2010, he was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame.

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 25 Flex

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Famous As: Singer Songwriter
Birthdate: August 29, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Panama City, Panama

 26 Koffee

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: February 16, 2000
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Spanish Town, Jamaica
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 27 Detsl

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 22, 1983
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Moscow, Russian
Died: February 3, 2019

 28 Richie Campbell

Richie Campbell
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Famous As: Singers, Songwriter
Birthdate: November 25, 1986
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Caxias, Portugal

 29 Bubbi Morthens

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 6, 1956
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Reykjavík, Iceland

 30 J. Perry

J. Perry
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 4, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince, Haiti

 31 Marlon Asher

Marlon Asher
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Enterprise, Trinidad and Tobago

 32 Bigga Haitian

Bigga Haitian
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Famous As: Singer, Musician
Birthdate: November 4, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince, Haiti

 33 Junior Delgado

Junior Delgado
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 25, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica
Died: April 11, 2005

 34 Dobby Dobson

Dobby Dobson
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 5, 1942
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica
Died: July 21, 2020

 35 Eyob Mekonnen

Eyob Mekonnen
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 12, 1975
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Jijiga, Ethiopia
Died: August 18, 2013

 36 Issa

Issa
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 24, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dakar, Senegal

 37 Gito Baloi

Gito Baloi
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Famous As: Musician, Singer
Birthdate: September 30, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Matola, Mozambique
Died: April 4, 2004

 38 Bebe Cool

Bebe Cool
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 1, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kampala, Uganda

 39 Dicko Fils

Dicko Fils
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Famous As: Singer, Kamale n'goni player
Birthdate: 1975 AD
Birthplace: Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

 40 Jose Chameleone

Jose Chameleone
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Famous As: Ugandan AfroBeat artist and musician
Birthdate: April 30, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Uganda

 41 Imilo Lechanceux

Imilo Lechanceux
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 20, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tiassalé, Ivory Coast
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