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  1. Rihanna



    Robyn Rihanna Fenty (born February 20, 1988), known professionally as Rihanna (/riˈænə/ ree-AN), is a Barbadian singer, songwriter, fashion designer and occassional actress. Born in Saint Michael, Barbados, her career began upon meeting record producer Evan Rogers in late 2003 through mutual friends; she recorded demo tapes with his guidance. Her tape was sent to several record labels, and she subsequently signed a contract with Def Jam Recordings after auditioning for its then-president, hip-hop producer and rapper Jay-Z. Both her debut album, Music of the Sun (2005) and its follow-up A Girl Like Me (2006) peaked in the top ten on the US Billboard 200; the former featured the commercially successful song "Pon de Replay" while the latter produced her first Billboard Hot 100 number-one single, "SOS".

  2. Shaggy



    Orville Richard Burrell CD (born October 22, 1968, Kingston), best known by his stage name Shaggy, is a Jamaican-Canadian reggae fusion singer and deejay. He is best known for his hit singles "Boombastic", "It Wasn't Me", "Hey Sexy Lady", and "Angel". He is said to have taken his stage name from his shaggy hair. He is also known in Canada as "Manitoba's First Son."

  3. Beenie Man

    Beenie Man


    Anthony Moses Davis (born 22 August 1973), better known by his stage name Beenie Man, is a Grammy award-winning Jamaican reggae artist. He is referred to as the world's "King of Dancehall".

  4. Sizzla



    Sizzla Kalonji, or simply Sizzla (born Miguel Orlando Collins, 17 April 1976, Kingston, Jamaica) is a reggae musician. He is one of the most commercially and critically successful contemporary reggae artists and is noted for his high number of releases. As of 2014 he has released over 70 solo albums.

  5. Maxi Priest

    Maxi Priest


    Max Alfred "Maxi" Elliott (born 10 June 1961), known as Maxi Priest, is a British reggae vocalist of Jamaican descent. He is best known for singing reggae music with an R&B influence, otherwise known as reggae fusion, and became one of the first international successes who regularly dabbled in the genre and one of the most successful reggae fusion acts of all-time.

  6. Sanchez



    Kevin Anthony Jackson (born 30 November 1964), better known as Sanchez, is a Jamaican Reggae singer and record producer.

  7. Machel Montano

    Machel Montano


    Machel Jesus Montano (born 24 November 1974) is a Trinidadian soca singer, record producer and songwriter.

  8. Bounty Killer

    Bounty Killer


    Bounty Killer (born Rodney Price; 12 June 1972; Kingston, Jamaica) is a Jamaican reggae and dancehall deejay. Allmusic describes him as having been "one of the most aggressive dancehall stars of the '90s, a street-tough rude boy with an unrepentant flair for gun talk". He is the founder of a dancehall collective known as The Alliance with deejay Mavado.

  9. Morgan Heritage

    Morgan Heritage


    Morgan Heritage is a reggae band formed in 1994 by five children of reggae artist Denroy Morgan, namely Peetah Morgan, Una Morgan, Roy "Gramps" Morgan, Nakhamyah "Lukes" Morgan and Memmalatel "Mr. Mojo" Morgan. In two decades, they have had a number of successful reggae albums.

  10. Anthony B.

    Anthony B.


    Keith Blair (born 31 March 1976, Trelawny Parish, Jamaica), better known by the stage name Anthony B, is a Jamaican deejay and member of the Rastafari movement.

  11. Garnett Silk

    Garnett Silk


    Garnett Silk (born Garnet Damion Smith; 2 April 1966 – 9 December 1994), was a Jamaican reggae musician and Rastafarian, known for his diverse, emotive, powerful and smooth voice. During the early 1990s he was hailed as a rising talent, however his career was ended by his early death in 1994, while attempting to save his mother from her burning house. Even today still hailed as a reggae prodigy, Garnett is considered inspiring and a credit to reggae music

  12. Barrington Levy

    Barrington Levy


    Barrington Ainsworth Levy (born 30 April 1964) is a Jamaican reggae and dancehall artist.

  13. Beresford Hammond

    Beresford Hammond


    Beres Hammond OJ (born Hugh Beresford Hammond, 28 August 1955, Annotto Bay, Saint Mary, Jamaica) is a reggae singer known in particular for his romantic lovers rock and soulful voice. While his career began in the 1970s, he reached his greatest success in the 1990s.

  14. Chaka Demus & Pliers

    Chaka Demus & Pliers


    Chaka Demus & Pliers are a Jamaican reggae duo made up of deejay Chaka Demus (born John Taylor) and singer Pliers (born Everton Bonner), best known for their hit "Tease Me". As a duo, they enjoyed more commercial success with mainstream pop fans after their collaboration began in the early 1990s than either had in his previous solo career.

  15. Mad Cobra

    Mad Cobra


    Ewart Everton Brown (born 31 March 1968), better known by his stage name of Mad Cobra or simply Cobra is a Jamaican reggae musician.

  16. Freddie McGregor

    Freddie McGregor


    Freddie McGregor (born 27 June 1956, Clarendon, Jamaica) has been variously a singer, musician and producer. His music career began when he was seven years old.

  17. Yellowman



    Yellowman (born Winston Foster, 15 January 1956, Kingston, Jamaica) is a Jamaican reggae (rub-a-dub) and dancehall deejay, widely known as King Yellowman. He was popular in Jamaica in the 1980s, coming to prominence with a series of singles that established his reputation.

  18. Cocoa Tea

    Cocoa Tea


    Calvin George Scott (born 3 September 1959), better known as Cocoa Tea, is a Jamaican reggae/dancehall singer, songwriter, and DJ.

  19. Snow



    Darrin Kenneth O'Brien (born October 30, 1969), better known by his stage name Snow, is a Juno Award-winning Canadian reggae musician. He is best known for his 1992 single "Informer", which reached No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.

  20. Marcia Griffiths

    Marcia Griffiths


    Marcia Llyneth Griffiths CD (born 23 November 1949) is a successful Jamaican female singer, also called the "Queen of Reggae". One reviewer described her by noting "she is known primarily for her strong, smooth-as-mousse love songs and captivating live performances".

  21. Shabba Ranks

    Shabba Ranks


    Shabba Ranks (born Rexton Rawlston Fernando Gordon, 17 January 1966) is a Jamaican dancehall musician.

  22. Super Cat

    Super Cat


    Super Cat (born William Anthony Maragh in Kingston, Jamaica, 25 June 1963) is a deejay who achieved widespread popularity during the late 1980s and early 1990s dancehall movement. His nickname, "Wild Apache", was given to him by his mentor Early B. He is the elder brother of reggae artist Junior Cat and is considered one of the greatest deejays within the Jamaican dance-hall scene to date.

  23. Frankie Paul

    Frankie Paul


    Paul Blake (born 1965), better known as Frankie Paul, is a Jamaican dancehall reggae artists. Born blind, he has been dubbed by some 'The Jamaican Stevie Wonder'.

  24. Ninjaman



    Ninjaman, alias Don Gorgon, (born Desmond John Ballentine on January 20, 1966, in Annotto Bay, Jamaica) is a popular dancehall deejay and actor, known for his controversial and pro-gun lyrics and his stuttering and melodramatic style. Ninjaman is currently out on bail awaiting trial for a murder that was committed in Kingston, Jamaica.

  25. Smiley Culture

    Smiley Culture


    David Victor Emmanuel (10 February 1963 – 15 March 2011), better known as Smiley Culture, was a British reggae singer and DJ known for his 'fast chat' style. During a relatively brief period of fame and success, he produced two of the most critically acclaimed reggae singles of the 1980s. He died on 15 March 2011, aged 48, during a police raid on his home. An inquest found that his death was a suicide.

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