- Associated Press - Friday, September 9, 2016

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - In a Sept. 9 obituary on Jamaican ska pioneer Prince Buster, The Associated Press erroneously reported details about his marriages and children. Marriage records show that he was married to his wife, Mola Ali, for 27 years, not 47 years. The story also should have made clear that, according to one of Prince Buster’s sons, he had seven children with a previous wife, Blossom Campbell.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Jamaican ska pioneer Prince Buster dead at 78

Ska pioneer and Jamaican music legend Prince Buster has died at 78, several years after suffering a stroke, his wife Mola Ali said Friday


Associated Press

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (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 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 recorded thousands of records, including such hits as “Al Capone,” and “Judge Dread.” He helped ignite the ska movement in England and later helped carry it into the rocksteady era in the mid-1960s. During a ska revival in the late 1970s, a group of British musicians named their band Madness after one of his hit songs.

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 together during their 27-year marriage, she said.

One of Prince Buster’s sons, Hanif Ali, says his father also had seven children with his first wife, Blossom Campbell. They were married in 1965 and divorced in 1982, according to marriage records.

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.


This story has been corrected to show that the British band is named Madness, not The Madness.


Researcher Rhonda Shafner contributed to this report.

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