Prince Buster, Ska pi­o­neer, dies at 78

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The Ska pi­o­neer Prince Buster, who shaped the course of Ja­maican mu­sic, has died at the age of 78.

He died at home in Mi­ami at 07:20 lo­cal time on Thurs­day.

Born in Kingston, Ja­maica as Ce­cil Bus­ta­mante Camp­bell, he be­came a leg­end of the bur­geon­ing Ska mu­sic genre in 1960s Ja­maica un­der the stage name Prince Buster.

He was an in­flu­ence on groups in­clud­ing Mad­ness and The Spe­cials in the Bri­tish Ska re­vival of the late 1970s.

Prince Buster had a UK Top Twenty hit with the song Al Capone.

His de­ci­sion to use a syn­co­pated beat on tracks such as ‘Lit­tle Honey’, ‘They Got to Go’ and ‘Thirty Pieces of Sil­ver’ is cred­ited as piv­otal in Ska mu­sic’s de­vel­op­ment and he gave him­self the moniker “King of Ska”.

A keen boxer in his youth, Prince Buster con­verted to Is­lam af­ter meet­ing Muham­mad Ali.

Prince Buster is sur­vived by his wife Mola Ali and his chil­dren.

Prince Buster per­forms Whine and Grine on Top of the Pops.

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