Ska- legend Prince Buster is dead

BORN : 24 May 1938

DIED : 8 September 2016

Cecil Bustamente Campbell OD ,known professionally as Prince Buster, was a Jamaican singer-songwriter and producer. He was regarded as one of the most important figures in the history of ska and rocksteady music. The records he released in the 1960s influenced and shaped the course of Jamaican contemporary music and created a legacy of work that later reggae and ska artists would draw uponwho died yesterday in Hollywood, Florida, was among a handful of people in the annals of Jamaican popular music who had success as an artiste and producer.

He produced a number of hit songs for himself and other artistes through his Voice Of The People label, which he launched in the late 1950s after an apprenticeship with producer Clement “Coxson” Dodd.

Buster, who was 78, died at the Memorial Regional Hospital. He was admitted there on Tuesday.

His son, Kareem Ali, told Splash that Buster suffered a stroke in 2009 which caused him to stop touring.



The Buster catalogue is one of the most formidable in Jamaican popular music. His hits include Hard Man Fi Dead, Wash Wash, Judge Dread, and Blackhead Chineyman.

The latter was part of a ‘throw wud’ bout he had during the early 1960s with fellow singer and Ska pioneer Derrick Morgan, who was recording for producer Leslie Kong at the time.

Buster and Morgan established themselves throughout Europe during the Ska era. They never lost that following, thanks to a flood of reissue albums on that continent featuring their works.

Born Cecil Bustamante Campbell in West Kingston, Prince Buster got his start with Dodd’s fledgling Studio One sound system before branching out with Voice Of The People.

He produced the Ffolkes Brothers’

Oh Carolina, a 1959 song that featured the Nyahbinghi beats of Count Ossie And The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari. It is the biggest seller in the Voice Of The People catalogue.

Campbell died on the morning of 8 September 2016, in a hospital in Miami, Florida.He had reportedly been in poor health for some time after suffering a series of strokes.