These famous people from Jamaica and they are all well-known reggae stars. This isn’t the only worldwide phenomenon Jamaicans have instituted. How about those dreadlocks that have been adopted by cultures everywhere. Even as far away as Asia.
09 Oct 1944 – Peter Tosh, Jamaica, reggae musician (Mystic Man, Mama Africa)
Reggae musician who was a core member of The Wailers who then went on to have a successful solo career as well as being a trailblazer for the Rastafari movement.
Tosh grew up in the Kingston, Jamaica slum of Trenchtown. Nicknamed Steppin’ Razor, he began to sing and learn guitar at a young age inspired by the American stations. After an illustrious career with The Wailers and as a solo musician, he was murdered at his home during a robbery.
17 December 1950 – Carlton Barrett, Jamaicans reggae drummer (Bob Marley & Wailers)
influential reggae drummer and percussion player. His musical development in the early years were with his brother Aston “Family Man” Barrett as a member of Lee “Scratch” Perry’s “house band” The Upsetters. The brothers joined Bob Marley and The Wailers around 1970. He wrote the well known Bob Marley song “War” and with his brother Aston co-wrote “Talkin’ Blues”. Carlton Barrett is featured on all the albums recorded by the Wailers. Barrett was the originator of the one drop rhythm, a percussive drumming style. With Carly’s beats and his brother Aston’s bass, the Wailer rhythm section planted the seeds of today’s international reggae. Barret was murdered outside his home in Jamaica on April 17, 1987
10 May 1952 – Sly Dunbar, Kingston Jamaica, reggae drummer (Sly & Robbie)
Nickname was reportedly given for his passion for Sly & the Family Stone, launched his musical career while still in his adolescence, playing with a local group, The Yardbrooms, at the age of fifteen. His recording debut was in 1969, when he appeared on an album, Double Barrel, by Dave and Ansell Collins. Dunbar subsequently continued to play with Ansell Collins in a band, Skin, Flesh And Bones.
1952-07-12 – Robert Nesta (Bob Marley), Jamaican singer-songwriter and musician
Jamaican singer-songwriter and musician. He was the lead singer, songwriter and guitarist for the ska, rocksteady and reggae bands The Wailers (1964–1974) and Bob Marley & The Wailers (1974–1981). Marley remains the most widely known and revered performer of reggae music, and is credited for helping spread both Jamaican music and the Rastafari movement to a worldwide audience.
Marley’s best known hits include “I Shot the Sheriff”, “No Woman, No Cry”, “Could You Be Loved”, “Stir It Up”, “Jamming”, “Redemption Song”, “One Love” and, together with The Wailers, “Three Little Birds”, as well as the posthumous releases “Buffalo Soldier” and “Iron Lion Zion”. The compilation album, Legend (1984), released three years after his death, is reggae’s best-selling album, being 10 times Platinum (Diamond) in the U.S., and selling 20 million copies worldwide.