Popular highlife musician Charles Kofi Amankwaa Mann known as C. K. Mann has died.
According to GhanaWeb sources, he died Tuesday morning at GHAPOHA hospital in Takoradi. The Highlife legend has been battling with some medical conditions over three years. He was 83-years old.
CK Mann was one of the iconic figures of High-life music best remembered for the song, ‘Adwoa Yankey,’ ‘Mber Papa,’ ‘Medo Wo,’ ‘Araba Lucy,’ ‘Wode a Ne Me,’ among others.
About CK Mann
Born in 1936 in Cape Coast in the Central Region of Ghana, CK Mann worked briefly as a seaman before joining Moses Kweku Oppong’s Kakaiku band.
After familiarizing himself with the Ghanaian music scene, he joined Ocean Strings and led the band until 1965. When the band was disbanded, he joined a newly formed band in Takoradi, The Carousel 7.
His song “Edina Benya” shot him to prominence in 1969.
He later impressed on the band’s owner, Anis Mubarak, to sign Paapa Yankson to the group.
C. K. Mann added Western musical instruments to Osode, the traditional music of Ghanaian fishermen rhythms. His music career spanned over four decades and won multiple awards for his songs.
In 2006, Mann was awarded the Grand Medal of Ghana during the 2006 National Honours and Awards Ceremony by President John Agyekum Kufuor in recognition of his contribution to Ghanaian music.
Some of C.K. Mann’s popular hit songs
Adwoa Yankey, Asem Asa, Mato Aboa, Medo Wo, Ahobrase, Mankyin Nyinsua, Araba Lucy, Okuan Tsentsen Awar, Mber Papa, Do Me Na Me Ndo Wo Bi, Matow Aboa, Obaa Amponsa, Megye Moho Dzi, Amoakua Dua, Adze A Aye Ama Me, Yebeyi Wo Aye,Meko Beebi, Asodzi Da Midi