It’s a sad day in the ska & music world. Ska and Rocksteady legend Prince Buster (real name Cecil Bustamente Campbell) has passed away at the age of 78. I guess he had a stroke a few years ago and never recovered from that? The Jamaican icon released a ton of stuff in the 60s, and produced a lot as well. His music gave inspiration to many bands like the Specials & Madness. Time to listen to some Prince Buster for the rest of the day.
Not sure on any details just yet since things are coming in now.
The singer died of health complications at approximately 7:20 a.m. today in Miami, Florida.
He was 78 years old.
Born Cecil Eustace Campbell on May 24, 1938, Buster died leaving his widow, Mola Ali, sister and children.
Ali told The Gleaner that since Buster’s passing this morning several persons form the entertainment fraternity have called in to offer their condolences and she is grateful for the outpouring of support for her late husband.
Prince Buster operated the Voice of the People sound system, produced the Folkes Brothers hit Oh Carolina (1960) and had a famous lyrical battle with singer Derrick Morgan.
Enjoy some Prince Buster tunes: