Musical greats to pay tribute to the late Prince Buster

The Honourable Olivia Grange has announced that the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport in partnership with the family of the late Prince Buster, will host a special tribute to the legendary Ska icon at the Institute of Jamaica Auditorium on Saturday, September 24, 2015, beginning at 4 pm.

Among those confirmed to perform at the tribute are: Ernie Smith, Ken Booth, Derrick Morgan, StrangeJah Cole, Mystic Revelation of Rastafari, as well as Lloyd Parks and We the People band.

Minister Grange said it was “important that the entertainment fraternity had this opportunity to say farewell to Prince Buster,” whom she describes as “iconoclastic” and “a true stalwart in the development of Jamaican popular music.”

“It will be a wonderful, Jamaican musical send off to one of the greats by several of our outstanding performers, who are themselves legends of our music — and they’ll be performing Prince Buster’s work,” said Minister Grange.

The tribute to Prince Buster will follow a funeral service at the Islamic Council of Jamaica, 24 Camp Road, Kingston on Saturday, 24 September 2016 beginning at 2 pm.  Interment will be at the May Pen Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions will be accepted in support of the Jamaica Association of Vintage Artistes  (JAAVA).

Prince Buster, whose real name was Cecil Bustamante Campbell, passed away on Thursday, September 8, 2016 in Miami, Florida. He was 78.



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I remain hopeful because of the giftedness of the Jamaican people; their warmth and creativity; their dynamism and indomitable spirit that have resulted in excellence in all sectors.

It is by tapping into the gifts and awakening the spirit of the Jamaican people that we will, by God’s grace, re-group, re-engineer and re-open to a brighter future with Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport.

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