As long as I can remember music has always been an integral part of my life growing up. As a child growing up in the 90s, 2000s, vinyl, cassettes, compact discs or other words known as CDs, were my main exposure to music besides the radio. Saving up to buy a vinyl, CD or cassette was back then a norm. Today, all those vinyls, cassettes or CDs have been either thrown out or donated to thrift stores and replaced with online music streaming sites such as Spotify, Apple Music and Youtube. My childhood treasures now lie in clearance bins worldwide. The digital world has completely changed the music space because everyone now has access to millions of songs and albums at the click of a button.
My name is Prince Bright, aka Princy Bright (Bling Sparkles). I am a Ghanaian musician, entrepreneur and philanthropist. I was born and raised in Kokomlemle, Accra - Ghana. I attended my primary school at King's College, and continued on to City Secondary Business College before moving to Accra Technical Training Centre in Kokomlemle to study Painting and Decoration. I am one of the founding members of the renowned multi-award winning group Buk Bak. Buk Bak was a 3 man group, in the group was me, Isaac Shoetan and the late Ronnie Coches.
(Buk Bak means being relegated to the background) – In other words, not given the deserved opportunity that we were looking for when we first started. Basically, it represents the struggle that we went through to be able to get on our feet as musicians back then. It stands for the struggle we went through. Meaning relegation that was placed on us, not being given the chance to actually embark on the journey we were trying to get on.
I am blessed to witness passionate patrons from any music genre enjoy, patronize our and my consistent hits in the local and international scenes. Every hook that I have produced, written or collaborated on is considered to music critics or producers as highly recommended. I still maintain a steady appearance in the Ghanaian and African music scene, even though I am based in the United States of America (living the American dream). I am not much of a competitor, but instead I prefer to stay exclusive, organic or original amongst my peers. I am humbled to say when notable names are mentioned in the early 90s as the Ghanaian music revolutionaries in “highlife and hiplife” genre – example: Keteke, Okyeame Kwame, Kojo Antwi (my all time favorite legend), Lord Kenya, Kontihene, VIP, Tic Tac, Nananom, Eddie Blay, P. Azigiza Jr, Reggie Rockstone and Obrafour and others. Buk Bak’s name cannot be omitted in this rank. My critics still wonder how I still manage to keep my grit, gift and music relevant and ground; especially collaborating with the likes of Sarkodie etc after 20years plus in the music space? I wished I had an answer for that. My music career journey is dedicated to the pioneers who came ahead of me, friends, families, fans, my team (best of all world Ent. - BOAW), radio DJs or station, bloggers etc and most of all my grassroots path with Buk Bak!
What are your addictions – music or food?
LOL – Music of course is my addiction, I constantly find myself buying new equipment for my studio set up both in Ghana and in the United States.
Did you ever deal with contention from your family and friends concerning your pursuits?
Yes, as a visionary and innovator you are always under scrutiny. However, I am blessed to have strong supporters, mentors and godfathers both in the music space and at home – praying, advising me and showing up.
What advice would you give to an upcoming youth or talents locally and internationally?
My advice for any upcoming talent is, never rush in releasing songs. Do better planning – do due diligence, structuring, and hard work are to be placed in the process before releasing any record to your demographic or market.
What would you say was the single most influential factor in your success?
My vision has always been to captivate and high-energy transport audiences back in time (nostalgic feeling). Focusing on perfecting my craft to stay relevant in this generation digital era. And most of all, I love studying the market trend or music cycle adhering to tone, words, how to incorporate old and new rhythms to yield results.