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
Nationality: Jamaican
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 Israel Kamakawiwo'ole

Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 20, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: June 26, 1997

 3 Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: October 8, 1985
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

American singer, Bruno Mars, is one of the best-selling artists of all time. He has a wide range of musical style like R&B, pop, funk, reggae, hip hop and rock. He is also known for his stage performances. Locked Out of Heaven, When I Was Your Man, 24K Magic and That's What I Like are some of his hit songs.

 4 Grace Jones

Grace Jones
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: May 19, 1948
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Jamaican, American

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.

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 5 Maluma

Maluma
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: January 28, 1994
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Colombian

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.

 6 Sean Paul

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

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.

 7 Shameik Moore

Shameik Moore
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Famous As: Film actor
Birthdate: May 4, 1995
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
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 8 Bradley Nowell

Bradley Nowell
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: February 22, 1968
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: May 25, 1996
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 9 Annette Funicello

Annette Funicello
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 22, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: April 8, 2013
Annette Funicello started performing with the Mickey Mouse Club, as a Mouseketeer, at age 12. She later delivered hit singles such as Tall Paul and Pineapple Princess and also became a successful actor, appearing in Beach Party films such as Bikini Beach. She died of multiple sclerosis at age 70.

 10 Matisyahu

Matisyahu
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Famous As: Vocalist
Birthdate: June 30, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
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 11 Vybz Kartel

Vybz Kartel
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Famous As: Songwriter
Birthdate: January 7, 1976
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Jamaican

 12 Santigold

Santigold
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 25, 1976
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 13 Eddy Grant

Eddy Grant
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: March 5, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Guyanese, British

 14 Jazmine Sullivan

Jazmine Sullivan
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: April 9, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
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 15 Julian Marley

Julian Marley
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: June 4, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British

 16 Pras Michel

Pras Michel
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: October 19, 1972
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
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 17 Spice

Spice
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 6, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Jamaican

 18 Dennis Brown

Dennis Brown
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 1, 1957
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Jamaican
Died: July 1, 1999
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 19 Burning Spear

Burning Spear
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 1, 1945
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Jamaican

 20 Paloma Mami

Paloma Mami
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 11, 1999
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Chilean, American
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 21 John Williamson

John Williamson
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: November 1, 1945
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Australian

 22 Dobby Dobson

Dobby Dobson
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 5, 1942
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Jamaican
Died: July 21, 2020
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 23 Junior Delgado

Junior Delgado
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 25, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Jamaican
Died: April 11, 2005

 24 Koffee

Koffee
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: February 16, 2000
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Jamaican
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