Switzerland Based Ghanaian Artiste; Papa Shoto Claims To Be The Founder Of Music Group ,Buk Bak


The music group Buk Bak has been one of the most phenomenon groups in Ghana, producing hit songs after hit songs in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s as well as producing other great artistes in the Ghanaian music industry.

The most people know about the group is that it was made up of duo Prince Bright and the late Ronnie Coaches. However, Switzerland based Ghanaian artiste and an early member of the group, Papa Shoto has laid claims to being the founder of the group.

In an interview with Hitz Fm’s KMJ of DAYBREAK HITZ on Wednesday, Papa Shoto stated emphatically that he formed the music group. He explained that the group started at his residence somewhere in 1995 and 1996 with Prince Bright from where they met  Ronnie Coaches of blessed memory who was then at ATTC and asked him to come and join the group. “I say this and it’s the truth. I am the founder of Buk Bak. It started at my pap’s place in Mataheko way back in 1995 and 1996”

As monitored by, Papa Shoto said he went through a lot for the group and even got expelled from Senior Secondary School when he did a video with his school uniform. He emphasized that you can’t mention the name Buk Bak without mentioning his name. “If you go back into history, you cannot talk about Buk Bak without mentioning my name because I put my life on the line. I got expelled from Adisadel College for putting my school uniform on in a video”.


Responding to his relationship with the group, he said he had to bow out of the group somewhere in the early 2000’s. Narrating what happened,  he said he left for Canada after getting a scholarship to study there. Before leaving, he recorded a number of songs with the group and was assured of his fan base upon return to Ghana. He came back to the country only to realize that his verses were taken away from the songs. He felt bitter about it and bowed out. He added that in 2011 when Buk Bak came back together after a long break, he came back with the group and had verses on Skolom and other songs but the songs came out without his verses.

Papa Shoto said after 2011, he didn’t feel bitter but felt the need to work harder and put himself out there. That’s exactly what he has done with his life and his songs are out there across the world. “It made me stronger because at the end of the day, my work is out there in California, Switzerland, France Germany and even before I came down here, I went to Russia for a couple of interviews. That’s what matters.”

He told KMJ that at the moment, there’s a tense relationship with Prince Bright of Buk Bak but he would love to make peace with his former group member. “At the moment there’s friction between me and Bright. I came here to say I have nothing against him. I waana  make peace”

Written by K Oteng

K.Oteng is a reporter and editor for based in Accra-Ghana

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