Prince Buster – large in life and death

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IN LIFE, he was not one to shy from con­tro­versy, and it fol­lowed him even in his death.

The leg­endary Muham­mad Yusuf Ali (Ce­cil Bus­ta­mante Camp­bell), bet­ter known as ‘Prince Buster’, was laid to rest yes­ter­day af­ter the Janazah (Mus­lim funeral rites) at the Is­lamic Coun­cil of Ja­maica in Kingston.

The le­gend, who died on Septem­ber 8 in a Mi­ami, Florida, hos­pi­tal, was laid to rest at the May Pen Ceme­tery af­ter a brief ser­vice.

But just as the pall-bear­ers were putting the cof­fin in the hearse, a man who said he was Prince Buster Jr started an ar­gu­ment, claim­ing that the funeral pro­ceed­ings was hid from him.

Af­ter other rel­a­tives held him back and pre­vented an es­ca­la­tion, the ten­sion eased and the

grave­side cer­e­mony ended in joy and cel­e­bra­tion as ev­ery­one

sang the words of one of his hits, Hard Man Fi Dead.

Prince Buster, one of the giants of Ja­maican mu­sic, was re­mem­bered by many for his con­tri­bu­tion which has made him a star around the world.

The man who claimed he was Prince Buster Jr (left) be­ing held back af­ter an al­ter­ca­tion de­vel­oped in­volv­ing him and other fam­ily mem­bers at the Janazah (Mus­lim funeral rites) for Muham­mad Yusuf Ali (Ce­cil Bus­ta­mante Camp­bell) ‘Prince Buster’ yes­ter­day.

JER­MAINE BARN­ABY/FREE­LANCE PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

Mola Ali (left) be­ing con­soled by a fam­ily mem­ber out­side the Is­lamic Coun­cil of Ja­maica af­ter Prince Buster’s funeral yes­ter­day.

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