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Prince Buster

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Kingston, Jamaica

Prince Buster (born Cecil Bustamente Campbell in Kingston, Jamaica, May 24, 1938) is a Jamaican singer, songwriter and producer. He also has the Muslim name Muhammed Yusef Ali. He is regarded as one of the most important figures in the history of and 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 and ska artists would draw upon.

Born Cecil Bustamente Campbell on Orange Street in Kingston, Jamaica. 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. In the early 1940s Campbell was sent to live with his grandmother in rural Jamaica where his family’s commitment to the Christian faith gave him his earliest musical experiences in the form of church singing as well as private family prayer and hymn meetings. Returning to live at Orange Street while still a young boy; Campbell attended the Central Branch School and St. Anne’s School. While at school Campbell performed three or four times a week at the Glass Bucket Club as part of Frankie Lymon’s Sing and Dance Troupe; rock ‘n’ roll themed shows were popular during the 1950s with the Glass Bucket Club establishing a reputation as the premier music venue and social club for Jamaican teenagers at that time. Upon leaving school Campbell found himself drawn to the ranks of followers that supported the sound system of Tom the Great Sebastian.

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