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Famous People You Didn't Know Were Rastafarian

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As the religion developed in Jamaica - the home of reggae music - it's no surprise so many celebrity Rastafarians are prominent in the reggae genre. Bob Marley is perhaps the best known of the Rastafarian singers. He was, in fact, largely responsible for spreading the religion globally throughout the 1970s, inspiring many other famous people to convert. What other celebs are Rastafarians? Many other reggae stars were raised Rastafarian or were drawn to the religion later in life. Not every notable Rastafari is a reggae singer, however. Rapper Snoop Dogg converted to the religion in 2012 and model Carla Campbell is reportedly Rastafari. 

If you're interested to learn more about celebrities who are Rastafarian, browse this list! 


  • Snoop Dogg changed his name to Snoop Lion following a 2012 trip to Jamaica which included a Rastafarian purification ceremony at a Nyabinghi temple.  In response to criticisms from the Rastafarian community, the rapper stated:

    I heard the negative remarks, I paid no attention. If I'm gonna be Rasta incorporated, loving energy is the only way I can match his negative energy.


    • Age: 48
    • Birthplace: Long Beach, California, United States of America
    • Gender: Male

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  • Peter Tosh spoke of his faith in his song "Rastafari Is," singing:

    Rastafari is lord of lords and savior/He's the mighty mighty one/Thunder rebel thunder rebel one. 


    • Age: Dec. at 43 (1944-1987)
    • Birthplace: Westmoreland Parish, Jamaica
    • Gender: Male

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    Jimmy Cliff described the Rastafarian religion in an interview with Rolling Stone saying:

    It's realizing the ability to tune in to the universe. Looking at the Bible literally, but interpreted in a maybe not very realistic way. It's about getting to know oneself.


    • Age: 72
    • Birthplace: Saint James Parish, Jamaica
    • Gender: Male

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  • Bob Marley often referenced his Rastafarian faith in his music with songs like "Rasta Man Chant."


    • Age: Dec. at 36 (1945-1981)
    • Birthplace: Nine Mile, Jamaica, Jamaica
    • Gender: Male

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