For this Monday’s Black History Month’s featured post, I wanted to focus on an artist I was completely unaware of, but certainly should have known more about. Growing up, I definitely had an interest in ska music and I feel proper credit should be given to one of the biggest influences to the genre. The American ska shows I went to as a teen were mostly white kids who would have no clue who Prince Buster is and with my post on musical appropriation going off tomorrow, I felt this was appropriate.
Cecil Bustamente Campbell OD (born 24 May 1938, Kingston, Jamaica), better known by the stage name Prince Buster, is a Jamaican singer-songwriter and producer. His middle name was given to him by his family in honour of the Labour activist and first post-Independence Prime Minister William Alexander Clarke Bustamante.
He is 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 upon. In 2001 Campbell was awarded the Order of Distinction by the Jamaican Government for his contribution to music.
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