Music man: Ronae ‘Slanger’ Burgess has released his latest single No Longer Burning, available on iTunes. *Photo by Glenn Tucker
Music man: Ronae ‘Slanger’ Burgess has released his latest single No Longer Burning, available on iTunes. *Photo by Glenn Tucker

Ronae ‘Slanger’ Burgess is a man on a mission…to create music that has no boundaries.

When not working as an Operating Room Attendant at the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, Burgess can be found either recording in the studio or jogging, which he enjoys doing in his free time.

Debuting in 2007, with Stay Focused, the 40-year-old recently released his latest single, No Longer Burning which can be purchased on itunes.

Interview by the Bermuda Sun’s 
Carla Zuill.


Your earliest memory? 

My first day of primary school at Purvis when my mother dropped me off. I cried so hard for her leaving me there.


What were you like in school?
A practical joker and prankster. From primary school right through high school.


Who is your hero/heroine? 

Bob Marley…because he stood for peace and equality. He was humble. Harriet Tubman because she was determined to free her people from slavery.


Which human trait do you
dislike the most? 

Greed.


Human trait you value most in others? 

Sincerity.


Your greatest fear? 

Not accomplishing goals I set for myself.

Your ultimate ambition? 

To have my music reach all four corners of the earth.

Your most unappealing habit?

Falling asleep at the cinema, in church and whilst people are talking to me. People who know me well are probably reading this and laughing because it’s so true.

 Describe yourself in three words?.

Quiet, strong, and focused.

Best party you’ve ever been to? 

A surprise party that was held for me two years ago aboard a party boat. 

I had no clue what was going on. Funny thing, I had been recording in the studio, and left, telling the guys that I had to go to a function, and when I got there they were there too!


What animal would you be and why? 

A bird. So I can fly, fly far, far, far away. 


What do you do if you can’t sleep? 

Write or listen to music. It
relaxes me.


If you had a time machine, where would you go? 

Biblical times. I have always been fascinated with that era. I love when the Ten Commandments comes on each Christmas. It seems like an interesting time to live.


Desert island song? 

Cruel Summer by Bananarama. I’m a huge fan of 80’s music. I listen to music from that era way more than I listen to what is
currently playing.


Your most memorable dream? 

I was performing alongside Shabba Ranks! It felt so real! I was stunned when I woke up only to discover it was just a dream. 


Best advice you have ever taken? 

No matter what, stay on your path. There will always be
obstacles…never let them hold you back.


Nicest thing anyone has ever said to you? 

You inspire me.

 
A dream location for a home? 

Switzerland. It just looks so pure and fresh there.


What keeps you up at night? 

My thoughts…my mind never seems to be still.


Guilty pleasure? 

Chocolate.


 Your attitude to exercise? 

A natural necessary part of life. It’s like waking up and brushing your teeth. I love running! I’ve been doing it for two years now. After a doctor’s visit, it was detected that I had very high blood pressure. 

I was very inactive, despite my thin appearance…I began running. Initially I could only run for about 15 minutes but I stuck with it. I fell in love with it.

 
Your proudest achievement? 

Graduating from high school.


 Pet peeve? 

When someone pulls out in front of you then drives slowly!


If you won a million dollars, what would you do with it? 

Buy a house, invest some and then split the rest between my family and the less fortunate.

 

What would you most like to be remembered for? 

Edifying the masses through music, it (music) will never die.


Most important lesson life has taught you?
 

Think first, before you act.