Prince Buster, who is probably the true king of ska, the music from which reggae came, has died at the age of 78.
Prince Buster became an early pioneer of the ska movement with the music he released in the 1960s, influencing later artists like Madness.
DJ David Rodigan tweeted the news on Thursday (September 8), writing: “It is with great sadness that I have just learned of the death of Jamaica’s music icon and pioneer, Prince Buster. A true music legend.”
His cause of death has yet to be confirmed.
Prince Buster, born Cecil Bustamente Campbell, was championed by Blue Beat records, known for distributing Jamaican music in the UK.
He was celebrated for classic tracks such as ‘Madness’, ‘Judge Dread’ and ‘Al Capone’, and was a huge influence on the UK ska revival in the 1970s and ’80s.
The Specials famously covered his track ‘Enjoy Yourself’ in 1980, while Madness named themselves after his song of the same name, and performed his track ‘One Step Beyond’ in 1979.