Just awful news! Prince Buster, the legendary Jamaican ska pioneer of the 1960s, has died at the age of 78 in Miami, Fl, according to reports. He was recognized as a HUGE influence on the likes of The Specials and Madness, so it’s another cruel blow to the music world this year.
Prince Buster, real name Cecil Bustamante Campbell, shaped Jamaican music and influenced the British ska revival of the 1970s. He was best remembered for his seminal hits “Enjoy Yourself,” “They Got To Go,” and Little Honey which still sound so fresh today.
Prince’s body was found at his Florida home, where he is said to have died at 7:20am EST. Just so, so, sad. The Kingston-born artist called himself the “King Of Ska’ and he wasn’t wrong at all, with many of peers looking up to him for paving the way for Jamaican ska around the world. In fact, he was the first Jamaican artist to have a top 20 hit in the British charts when he released “Al Capone” in 1965.
Prince, a former boxer in his youth, converted to Islam after meeting sports great Muhammad Ali in his later years. He is survived by his wife Mola Ali and his children, but his music is his legacy and that will live on forever.
It was fitting that in 2001, Prince was awarded the Order of Distinction in Jamaica for his services to the development of music in the country. In fact, the brilliant British group Madness owe a lot to Prince for their career. Not only did they get their name from his AWESOME hit “Madness” but they later reworked his hit “One Step Beyond” and scored massive success with it. Prince, you will be very sorely missed.
HollywoodLifers, are you saddened by the loss of Prince Buster? What was your favorite song of his? Let us know!