Sean Paul was born in Kingston, Jamaica to parents Garth and Frances, both of whom were talented athletes.
His mother is a well-known painter. His paternal grandfather had Sephardi Jewish ancestry, from a family that
had emigrated from Portugal, and his paternal grandmother was Afro-Caribbean; his mother is of English and Chinese
Jamaican descent. Sean Paul was raised as a Catholic, though aware that his grandfather came from an old
respected Jamaican Jewish family.
Many members of his family are swimmers. His grandfather was on the first
Jamaican men's national water polo team. His father also played water polo for the team in the 1960s, and competed
in long-distance swimming, while Sean Paul's mother was a backstroke swimmer. Sean Paul played for the national
water polo team from the age of 13 to 21, when he gave up the sport in order to launch his musical career.
Sean Paul Ryan Francis Henriques
January 8, 1973 (age
Reggae, dancehall, ragga, R&B, hip hop
Musician, rapper, singer-songwriter, producer, actor