Linton Kwesi Johnson (1952– )

Linton Kwesi Johnson, political activist, poet and reggae artist, was born in Chapelton, Jamaica in 1952. After his parents’ divorce, Johnson was raised by his grandmother. Johnson left his small parish in 1963 and moved to London, UK to be with his mother, where he attended Tulse Hill secondary school. Johnson became increasingly aware … Read MoreLinton Kwesi Johnson (1952– )

Reggae Sunsplash (1978-1996)

Reggae Sunsplash Poster, 1979 “Image Ownership: Public Domain” Reggae Sunsplash, founded in 1978 to promote a slow summer tourist season in Jamaica, was the first Caribbean music festival to introduce reggae to a global audience. The idea of the festival originated with a group of … Read MoreReggae Sunsplash (1978-1996)

Kingston, Jamaica (1692– )

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" Kingston, the capital of Jamaica, was founded in July 1692 when an earthquake destroyed the nearby city of Port Royal. The most recent census puts its population at 937,700. Today Kingston is the center of trade, manufacturing, and shipping for the … Read MoreKingston, Jamaica (1692– )

Jimmy Chambers Cliff (1948- )

Image Ownership: Public Domain Born in St. Catherine, Jamaica on April 1, 1948 as James Chambers, the ska-reggae musician proved to be an accomplished performer at an early age. At age 14, Chambers moved to Kingston and took the surname Cliff as a proclamation of … Read MoreJimmy Chambers Cliff (1948- )

Joan Armatrading (1950– )

  Image Ownership: Public Domain Singer and songwriter Joan Armatrading, best known for her influential and eclectic music styles, ranging from soul, pop, and even reggae,  was born on December 9, 1950 in Basseterre in Saint Kitts and Nevis. She lived there for seven years … Read MoreJoan Armatrading (1950– )

Bob Marley (1945-1981)

  Image Ownership: Public Domain Robert Nesta Marley was born on February 6, 1945 on his grandfather’s farm in the rural interior of the island of Jamaica.  His mother was an eighteen year old Black Jamaican named Cedella Malcolm.  His father was Capitan Norval Sinclair … Read MoreBob Marley (1945-1981)