Jamaican artists are known for creating some of the most melodious symphonies. They are amongst the most dynamic people who are engaged in a broad spectrum of activities, in which they beautifully demonstrate different aspects of their art and culture.
Jamaicans have blessed Hollywood with some amazing musicians, singers, and rappers. These Jamaican artists took their fame seriously and were able to build a presence beyond their origins. They have explored the world and have become the richest Jamaican artists in the world.
Here are the top 8 Richest Jamaican Artists in 2017-2018
8. Buju Banton – $4 Million
Mark Anthony Myre aka Gargamel is a popular Jamaican ragga, dancehall, and reggae musician. He is known for making music in reggae fusion, and pop genres as well. Most of his songs deal with sociopolitical topics. He received a Grammy award for his album ‘Before the Dawn’ in 2010. He started his career in 1987 and debuted with his first studio album ‘Stamina Daddy’ in 1992, which turned out to be a major success. In the early 1990’s Banton’s music took a spiritual tone when he converted to Rastafari faith. He has released 10 studio albums in his career. Currently, he is in US Prison, serving his punishment as he was caught with possession of illegal drugs in 2010. This led to his retirement; however, we hope he starts making music again when he is released next year.
7. Maxi Priest – $4.6 Million
Max Alfred Elliot aka Maxi Priest is a reggae English Jamaican vocalist. He is known for singing reggae fusion, lover rock and reggae music with the perfect blend of R&B influence in it. He is one of the first artists who were able to achieve international success with reggae music. He is also known for his beautiful songwriting skills. He started his career in 1982 and is still actively involved in the music creation process. He has released 10 studio albums in his career, whose sales have helped him in making a net worth of $4.6 Million. ‘Housecall’, ‘Waiting In Vain’, ‘Rise Up’, ‘Love Somebody’, ‘That’s What The Girls Like’ and ‘Set the Night to Music’ are some of Maxi Priest’s most popular singles of all time. Priest’s album in 2014 ‘Easy to Love’ topped Billboard charts with the second rank.
6. Damian Marley – $6 Million
Damian Robert Nesta Marley or ‘Jr. Gong’ is one of the most popular and successful Jamaican artists on the planet. He is following the same path as his father Bob Marley. He is the youngest child of the most popular Jamaican. He started making music in 1992. He is known for making music in roots reggae, reggae, hip-hop and reggae fusion. He is a multi-talented man, who wears many hats; he is a songwriter, record producer, rapper, DJ, and singer. He has released 5 studio albums. He released his first album ‘Distant Relative’ in 2010. Some of his popular singles include tracks like ‘Welcome to Jamrock’, ‘Road to Zion’, ‘Make It Bun Dem’, ‘Can’t Keep Me Down’, ‘Riot’, ‘Hard Work’, ‘Set Up Shop’, ‘Beautiful’ and ‘All Night’.
5. Sean Kingston – $7 Million
Kisean Anderson is a popular Jamaican-American reggae music artist, who is also popular as a producer and a rapper. Sean released his first album in 2007 and named it for himself as ‘Sean Kingston’. He is known for making hip-hop, dance, reggae and R&B style music. He has worked with some of the most popular international celebrities like Bohemia, Jason Derulo, Nicki Minaj, Justin Bieber and Soulja Boy etc. He has released 3 studio albums in his career, including ‘Tomorrow’ and ‘Back 2 Life’.
4. Ziggy Marley – $10 Million
He is another kid from the Marley family. David Nesta Marley aka Ziggy is a lead singer of ‘Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers’. He is the son of reggae legend Bob Marley and Rita Money. He has also made a child cartoon theme song for ‘Arthur’. He started his career in 1979. He is a multitalented musician who is an instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, voice actor, producer and philanthropist. He is completely devoted to Reggae music. He released his first solo album ‘Dragonfly’ in 2003. Other than that he has released 5 more successful albums. He also enjoyed decent success with his band. He has also received 3 Grammy awards for his work in music.
3. Sean Paul – $11 Million
Sean Paul Ryan Francis Henriques is one of the most renowned Caribbean artists. He won a Grammy for his album ‘Dutty Rock’, which sold over six million copies. He has worked with some of the most popular international musicians like Enrique Iglesias, Rihanna, Beyonce etc. He started making music in 1994. Most of his work is a fusion of ragga, reggae, and Dancehall music. He is also known as a producer, DJ, and actor. He has released studio albums in his career. He made his debut with ‘Stage One’ in 2000. ‘Temperature’, ‘We Be Burnin’, ‘Get Busy’, ‘Dutty Rock’, ‘Hair’, ‘She Doesn’t Mind’, and ‘So Fine’ are some of his most popular songs worldwide.
2. Jimmy Cliff – $18 Million
James Chambers is a popular Jamaican singer, actor, instrumentalist and reggae musician. He has been making ska and reggae music ever since 1962 professionally. In 2010 he was inducted into the Hall of Fame of Rock and Roll. ‘I Can See Clearly Now’, ‘Many Rivers to Cross’, ‘Wonderful World’, ‘You Can Get It If You Really Want’, ‘Hakuna Matata’, ‘Reggae Night’, and ‘Wild World’ are some of his most popular and successful songs. He also starred in movies like ‘Club Paradise’ and ‘The Harder They Come’. He has made over two dozen of studio albums. His contribution in reggae music helped him in reaching out to a bigger audience, which has helped him in making a fortune worth $18 Million.
1. Shaggy – $22 Million
Orville Richard Burrell or how we know him ‘Shaggy’ is the richest Jamaican artist in the world, with a net worth of $22 Million. He started his musical journey in 1992 and since then has been blessing the world with some amazing reggae fusion tracks. He has made 12 studio albums. He released his first album ‘Pure Pleasure in 1993’. He has also starred in a movie called ‘Blast’. In 1996, Shaggy won a Grammy for ‘Best Reggae Album’ other than that he has received 5 Grammy nominations. ‘Angel’, ‘It Wasn’t Me’, ‘Boombastic’, and ‘Oh Carolina’ are his most successful singles of all time.
These are some of the most popular and top 8 richest Jamaican singers, who have opened doors for new upcoming Jamaican artists, giving them opportunities of exploring and imprinting their names around the world.