Ohh, man, Prince Buster died yesterday. If you know his music, you might pause for a second like you do with the passing of any musical figure, respect, reflection, and on to the next story. But Prince Buster was so much more than just a musician. The guy did everything. He started out as a bouncer for Coxsone Dodd's sound system, a position that expanded with him identifying the songs of other sound system operators (that sounds fun) and selecting records for Dodd, eventually leaving to start his own soundsystem. That was just the beginning. Before the decade was out he would make his own music, and act as producer, label owner, record store owner, and talent scout. Dude did it all.
If all of that wasn't enough, he's sometimes credited with the whole ska guitar chord on the afterbeat thing, that chunka chunka, a prime ingredient of nearly all ska and reggae throughout the sixties, seventies, and beyond. In the middle there he pioneered the slow down into rocksteady. Keep in mind, this is all in the space of about ten years. Maaan, I'm gonna need a longer pause.
~ NOTE: ALL MEDIA IS HOSTED BY THE BLOGS & SITES NAMED BELOW ~Listen:
Prince Buster All Stars - Desafinado mp3 at Jaliskoska
Prince Buster - One Step Beyond mp3 at Plain or Pan
Prince Buster - Madness mp3 at Plain or Pan
Prince Buster - The Scorcher mp3 at Plain or Pan
Prince Buster - Al Capone mp3 at Plain or Pan
Prince Buster - Enjoy Yourself mp3 at Audio Drums
Prince Buster - Respect mp3 at Groove Addict
Prince Buster - Judge Dread mp3 at Cubik Musik
Prince Buster - Soul of Africa mp3 at Groove Addict
Prince Buster at Wikipedia