Who Are Some Famous People From the Caribbean?


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Famous people from the Caribbean include Bob Marley, Usain Bolt, and Rihanna. Usain Bolt and Bob Marley are from Jamaica, and Rihanna is from Barbados.

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Usain Bolt is a sprinter who is held in esteem as the fastest person ever. He is the first man to concurrently hold the 100 metres and 200 metres world records since fully automatic time measurements were mandated in 1977. He also set the record in the 4X100 metres relay competition with the assistance of his teammates. As of 2014, he is the reigning Olympic champion in the aforementioned events, the first man to win six Olympic gold medals in sprinting, and an eight-time World champion. His achievements in sprinting led to the media giving him the nickname "Lightning Bolt."

Bob Marley was a reggae singer-songwriter, musician and guitarist. He attained great renown and acclaim worldwide through his music and deeds. He started his musical career as part of the reggae and ska band "The Wailers." The Wailers disbanded in 1974 and each of its members went on to pursue solo careers. Bob Marley emerged as a driving force in reggae in 1975 when his song "No Woman, No Cry" from the "Natty Dread" album achieved international success. He followed this with the album "RastaMan Vibration," reaching the Top 50 of the Billboard Soul Charts. He died on May 11, 1981. He is the father to Damian and Ziggy Marley, successful artists in their own right.

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