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Ska Pioneer Prince Buster Dead at 78

Prince Buster, the ska pioneer who shaped the course of Jamaican music, has died.

He was 78.

BBC reports that Buster died at home in Miami early Thursday. The Jamaican-born singer, also known as Cecil Bustamante Campbell, became a legend of the ska music genre in the 1960s under the stage name, Prince Buster.

He was an influence on several groups, including Madness and The Specials in the British ska revival of the late 1970s.

The iconic musician’s decision to use a syncopated beat on tracks such as “Little Honey,” and “Thirty Pieces of Silver” is credited as pivotal in the genre’s development.

The self-proclaimed “King of Ska” who boxed in his youth, converted to Islam after meeting Muhammad Ali.

He is survived by his wife Mola Ali and children.

Check out one of Prince Buster’s classics, “They Got to Go” below.

Image: Prince Buster, YouTube video still