The Most Famous Jamaicans Globally

Jamaicans have a long history when it comes to sports, entertainment, and social and political movements.

They have played a major role in shaping the world’s history and culture in these fields. Because it is important to know our culture and its leaders, we’ve compiled a small list of some of the most influential and most popular people that managed to become very successful in their respective fields.

Usain Bolt

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The human cheetah. The accomplishments that Usain managed to get and the records that he broke will forever be forgotten. His speed remains unmatched and his iconic celebration is still imitated by many. Bolt was able to influence many spheres in the world, even in those that you would never think of. Since people were betting on his performances very often, online gambling sites decided to name numerous games with fast and easy profits after him or just share the Jamaican flag. If you want to check the games out, you can play here. This just goes to prove that his influence is vast and it will be a great role model for future generations.


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Orville Burrell,  also known as Shaggy, is a singer, DJ, and an actor who is best known to the masses for songs like Bombastic, It Wasn’t Me, Angel, and many more. He is a multiple Grammy-nominee and winner and has won the Brit Award for International Male Solo Artist. Anyone who knows anything about music has heard of him. Shaggy was awarded the Jamaican Order of Distinction in 2007.

Raheem Sterling

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One more athlete hailing from Jamaica, this time in the world of football. Not many people know this, but Raheem Sterling was born in Jamaica’s capital – Kingston. He spent his early years in the city, but after his father was killed, he moved to North West London. The rest is history. Sterling is currently shining in Manchester City’s jersey and is considered as one of the best attackers in the world and is also among the most expensive players in the world. He is one of the favourites to win the Golden Boot in the Premier League.

Damian Jr. Gong Marley

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Jr. Gong is arguably the most famous living reggae singer in the world. Throughout his career, he worked with numerous global icons like Jay-Z, Nas, and Skrillex. Damian is one of the most influential musicians in Jamaica and the world. Many music fans praise his style and compare his influence to his father, Bob Marley.

Bob Marley

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Finally, we have one of the greatest musicians ever to walk on the planet. Decades after his death, Bob Marley is still a role model for many people and his songs are sung by everyone – on the beach, at home, or in the clubs. Bob Marley was a real revolutionary and believed in the power of love and peace. He is and always will be one of the greatest people and influencers in the history of humankind.

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