As we head into the Summer of 2021, our editors have combed far and wide to gather the 10 artists with Caribbean roots who we think will have a major impact in 2021.
These artists have struck a chord with our Caribbean+ music readers. Here they are, in no particular order, with their infectious takes on various music genres.
To the uninitiated, the many artists with Caribbean roots can seem an improbable base for popularity. But whether you like that style of music or not, you need to do yourself some favors on this one. You need to make a conscious effort to invest some additional time in developing a genuine musical talent for the region.
We’ve done the heavy lifting for you. Read on for 10 music artists with Caribbean roots.
Tyga (Jamaican Father)
Tyga was born Michael Ray Stevenson in 1989 and began rapping in the early 2000s. He took the stage name Tyga (a backronym for Thank you God always). He is of Vietnamese and Jamaican descent.
Tyga was raised by his mother Pasionaye Nguyen in Compton, California. After that, they moved to Gardena, California. Pasionaye had him until he was 12 years old. Thereafter, they moved to North Hollywood, California.
Tyga’s Instagram provides a snapshot of the artist lifestyle and upcoming music.
Tyga’s Music Hits
1 No. 1 Hits 6 Top 10 Hit 41 Songs
A$AP Ferg (Trinidadian Parents)
ASAP Ferg or legally known as Darold D. Brown, was born on October 20, 1988 in New York City to Trinidadian parents.
A$AP Ferg is part of a crew of musicians who all share the same last name. The A$AP Mob is famous for its music and has many features all with the same suffix to their names, such as Rocky, Ferg, and Puff.
Liam Bailey (Jamaican Father)
Liam Bailey is a singer and songwriter from Nottingham, England. As a soul, reggae, and blues-influenced vocalist, his style has been compared to artists such as Norah Jones and Stevie Wonder.
Born to a Jamaican father and British mother, he has a unique combination of cultural influences.
Back before the world knew of Liam Bailey’s soulful vocals, his comparisons to an Otis Redding-type soul sound, or even the depth of texture his vocals provide to the occasional UK Drum & Bass track, he was just another person from Nottingham, England.
Jason Derulo (Haitian Parents)
Jason Derulo, born in Miramar, Florida, is a singer and songwriter of Haitian descent. He began writing songs when he was just eight years old. He attended performing arts schools in Florida and began writing his first song at the age of eight.
Jason Derulo has sold over thirty million singles since his solo recording debut in 2009, including eleven Platinum singles.
Alicia Keys (Jamaican Grandparents)
Born in 1981, Alicia Keys rose to prominence as a music sensation and is recognized as one of the best-selling artists of all time. She began piano lessons at age seven and graduated from the Professional Performance Arts School before signing a record deal with Clive Davis.
In an interview with Oprah, The Grammy®-winning singer opens up heart and soul to reveal the good, the bad, and the ugly of divadom. She discusses how she handles the question, “Why me?” from her fans; her choice to launch a clothing brand instead of perfume; and the challenge of balancing marriage with a career in music.
Estelle (Grenadian Father)
Estelle Fanta Swaray (born January 18, 1980 in London) is a British singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer, and actress known for her eclectic mix of various musical genres including R&B, soul, reggae, grime, hip hop and dance.
Estelle is the second youngest of nine children, and her mother was born in Senegal and her father was born in Grenada. Her parents were very religious when she was growing up, but they allowed secular music at home.
Melanie Fiona Hallim (Guyanese Parents)
Melanie Fiona Hallim was born on July 4, 1983 in Toronto, Ontario and raised in the area. She is a member of the Canadian girl group The Renaissance and has a solo career as well. She has won a Juno award for R&B/Soul Recording of the Year for her self-titled album.
Tory Lanez (Caribbean Parents)
Tory Lanez (born July 27, 1992) is a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer. He became well known for his 2015 single “Say It”. In August 2015, he signed to record producer Benny Blanco’s Mad Love Records through Interscope Records.
The singer-songwriter and rapper describes his family as “blessed.” His mother is from Curaçao, his father is from Barbados. “I come from a long line of greatness,” reveals Lanez. “My grandfather is Garfield Sobers, one of the best cricketers in the world.
Justine Skye (Jamaican Parents)
Justine Skyers, also known as Justine Skye (born August 24, 1995), is a singer, songwriter, and rapper. She found fame through Tumblr and signed with Atlantic Records after being nineteen years old.
Tamara Jade (Jamaican Grandparents)
Tamara Jade hails from the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area. She is part of a large family that made heavy sacrifices to move from Jamaica to the United States to provide a better life for their children. Despite this, the singer doesn’t shy away from her Jamaican roots. In fact, she embraces them and considers herself as being part of a large family that moved from Jamaica.
This is a working list and while we’re always keen to discover new talent, these are true acts worth paying attention to. To arrive at our final Caribbean representative on the list, we handpicked the artists who will have a direct impact both on the domestic and international music markets. They are featured in head-turning sets that will have the whole island singing along.
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