With a population of 2.7 million people, Jamaica is the largest English speaking country in the Caribbean and the third largest in the Western Hemisphere excluding the U.S. and Canada.
Jamaica’s music industry is one of the most influential in the world. Popular dancehall artists like Beenie Man and Sean Paul constantly top charts across the world and sell out stadiums all over Europe and Asia.
Music legends such as Bob Marley and Peter Tosh are ranked among the most influential artists of the last century. Their socially conscious music serves as the soundtrack to various sociopolitical movements in Jamaica and the broader world. The most famous of which was the fight against apartheid in South Africa.
What is also unknown to many people is that rap and hip-hop music was started by Kool Herc, a Jamaican who was deeply influenced by dancehall culture.