The Bahamas: Ronnie Butler Passes Away


Bahamas Local reported that Ronnie Butler, a well-known Bahamian calypso and rake ‘n’ scrape singer, passed away yesterday (November 19, 2017). He was also known as “The Godfather of Bahamian Music.”

Ronnie Butler died at 6:00 a.m this morning. A national cultural hero and patriot, who helped to shape the Bahamian identity, through his creative lyrics, wit, powerful voice and principled views. He believed in the ideals of the Majority Rule struggle, mentored younger artists,

Ronald “Ronnie” Butler, Sr. M.B.E. August 17 1937 – November 19 2017) was a famous Bahamian calypso and rake n scrape entertainer and singer. Butler is referred to as “The Godfather of Bahamian Music” and his career spans more than five decades.

Butler, began his career in music at the age of 16. He has performed in Bahamian local nights spots such as Ronnie’s Rebel Room, the Rum Key, Big Bamboo, the Trade Winds Lounge, and Nassau Beach Hotel and has toured throughout Europe, South America and North America.

Among his popular hits are songs “Burma Road”, “Crow Calypso” and “Age Ain’t Nothin’ But A Number”. Butler has achieved much success and longevity in his career and most recently his single, “Married Man”, was featured in Tyler Perry’s, “Why Did I Get Married Too?”, which was shot in The Bahamas.


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