The surviving member of the sensational music group, Buk Bak, Prince Bright (Bling Sparkles) has said he is yet to come to terms with the sudden death of his other hald, Ronnie Coaches.Ronnie, 36, died Thursday morning at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital after a heart attack. Buk Bak, known for several hit songs including ‘Klu Brofo’, ‘Akwasi Broni’ and ‘Kolom’, was versatile and rapped in Ga, Twi, and Pidgin, and was the first hip-life group in Ghana to make a successful career out of Ga music.
Bright, fighting a losing battle to hold back his tears, told Hitz Entertainment News from New York, USA, in an exclusive interview, he was shattered by the news.
In a sorrowful tone, he said, “I didn’t take it pretty well at all. You know he is more like my better half. We complete each other. We’ve been like brothers since day one [and] knowing that he is no more it’s a bit crazy.”
Bright said from their school days at the Accra Technical Training Centre (ATTC) in the late 1990s, they all had big dreams. He said he realized that Ronnie “had this energy that could add to the group that we had.”
Asked what he will miss most about his former music partner, Bling Sparkles said Ronnie “is full of energy. Whenever you are down he is the one to help you up. We get crazy, we fight, we argue over simple stuffs and then we laugh about it.”
Bright disclosed that, although he was in the United States, Ronnie, single handedly “started working on our promotion” and “we had a video shoot” in the pipeline.
He said he was putting “things together ASAP (As Soon As Possible) and get back to come take care of my brother. I should be back as soon as possible.”
He used the interview to advise fellow musicians, especially those who are publicly abusing each other, to cherish and value each other and be grateful for their lives.
“It’s not necessary, all that beef can get us killed you know. Once you have life, you have everything and we should be grateful for the life of each other because God grants life and as long as you have life, you should be grateful and thankful. We should be each other’s keeper,” Bright advised.
Here is how other celebrities feel and remember Ronnie via twitter (unedited)
Sarkodie: Don’t wanna believe this….. RIP Ronny Coaches….
DJ Black: I hope this is not true
Amanda Jissih: Ronnie!
Lydia Forson: RIP to Ronnie Coaches of Buk Bak fame.. This is truly sad. Everyday of your life is a blessing, remember that.
Tic Tac: Ronnie coaches! Am still waiting to confirm this from the wife or family till ten jessi I can’t believe this aaaaba!
Tinny: RIP Ronny of buk bak much love
Appietus: I just heard Ronny Coaches of Buk Bak fame is dead ? Is this true
Becca: My Sincere Condolences 2 e Family And Entire Gh Music World Especially 2 @brightbukbak on e Untimely Death Of Brother Ronny Coaches.#RIP
Edem: R.I.P Ronnie
Blakofe: Ronnie of Buk Bak? Oh. RIP. one of originators of hiplife. Thx for the music. Oh. This has put the day on a horrible start. I’m saddened
Christopher Attoh: Sad news about Ronnie Coaches of Buk Bak. RIP.
Abeiku Santana: BAD!!! I don’t want to believe this! I’m Shock! He was with me last 2weeks with their new work! Ronnie I didn’t know you were bidding me bye
Jayso: We need to start celebrating our Heroes. Preferably NOW. Celebrate your friends. Celebrate your family. Tomorrow is not promised. #RIPRonnie
Sammy Forson: R.I.P Ronny Coaches of Bukbuk fame… Sad Mehn… hmmmm
Panji Anoff: OH NO!!!! What kind Yawa too be dis? Ronnie? Why? RIP my brother… A true visionary pioneer.. My condolences to your pikins and family..
Yaa Pono: RIP Ronnie Coaches #BukBak. Condolences to his family and @brightbukbak. Sad news.
Sammy Black: Ronnie Coaches is legendary. All he had to do was have four lines on a song and that record sold. May God rest his soul.