Jamaican Ska Pioneer ‘Prince Buster’ Dead At 78

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (CBS SF/AP) — Ska pioneer and Jamaican music legend Prince Buster has died at 78, several years after suffering a stroke, his wife Mola Ali said Friday.

Born Cecil Bustamante Campbell in Kingston, Jamaica in 1938, he became one of the island’s most revered musicians as Prince Buster, performing and producing popular ska bands in the 1960s including “The Vikings” and the “Folkes Brothers.”

Music was “his passion, his life,” his wife said in a phone interview. “He built a studio in the home. Every night he started music at about 3 or 4 o’ clock in the afternoon and about 3 or 4 at night is when he turned that off.”

A prolific musician, he traveled extensively and recorded thousands of records, including such hits as “Al Capone,” and “Judge Dread.” The British band “The Madness” named themselves after one of his hit songs. He helped ignite the ska movement in England and later helped carry it into the rocksteady era.

Prince Buster traveled extensively while performing, and he loved to garden, bringing seeds back home from all over the world. And he was a devoted husband at home, she said. They had three children during their 47 year marriage, and he also fathered kids on the outside, she said, adding that she didn’t know exactly how many.

Prince Buster couldn’t walk after a massive stroke in 2009, but he could still communicate and travel. Ali said he died at a Miami hospital on Thursday after suffering heart problems.

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