By Dennis Hartley
He may not have been as big of a household name as another Prince we lost earlier this year (what is it with 2016?), but Cecil Bustamente Campbell (aka Prince Buster) was no less an important figure in the music world, particularly to fans of Jamaican ska and rocksteady.
(from the Jamaica Observer)
Ska legend Prince Buster died Thursday morning in a South Florida hospital, his son Kareem Ali has confirmed.
The singer/producer, born Cecil Bustamante Campbell, was 78.
Prince Buster was ailing for some time, after suffering a series of strokes.
From West Kingston, Prince Buster was a protégé of producer Clement ‘Coxson’ Dodd. In the late 1950s, he launched his Voice Of The People sound system and label, which released a number of his self-produced hits including Wash Wash, Blackhead Chineyman and Judge Dread.
He also produced the Ffolkes Brothers Oh Carolina in 1961.
Buster had an enduring following in Europe, especially in the United Kingdom where he performed regularly up to 12 years ago.
Here’s one of his classic productions/compositions:
Hush up! My favorite by the man himself: