If I was interested in Caribbean music what artist should I listen to who represents the genre?
Harold George "Harry" Belafonte is your best bet for authentic caribbean music. He is widely known as the "King of Calypso" and has aquired international prestige as the person who popularized caribbean music and culture in the 1950's. He has won numerous awards and has also been a humanitarian activist who has worked to to better the lives of people around the globe.
Some of his most well known hits are "Day-O" which is also known as the Banana Boat Song, Jamaica Farewell, and Jump in the Line, which I personally recommend as the best limbo song there is!