Rocksteady and ska icon helped shape a movement.
By Blurt Staff
Prince Buster, born Cecil Bustamente Campbell, has passed away (Sept. 8) at the age of 78, reports the Jamaican Observer, according to Campbell’s so, possibly due to a heart attack or stroke (he’d recently suffered several strokes). Known as The King of Ska, Prince Buster was a key player on Jamaica’s early reggae scene, being one of the acknowledged masters of ska and rocksteady.
He came to prominence in the ’60s working with sound system wizard Coxsone Dodd, ultimately become a sound system purveyor himself and operator of record store Buster’s Shack. Later he would be embraced in the ’70s by the British ska movement – Madness named themselves after one of his songs. He also received the Order of Distinction in Jamaica in 2001for all his groundbreaking efforts in the country’s music industry.