The one week observation ceremony has been held for late Ghanaian highlife doyen, CK Mann. The event, which came off in Takoradi on Friday April 6, was attended by members of the music fraternity, including Gyedu Blay Ambolley, Diana Hopeson, Lucky Mensah, Rex Omar, as well as representatives of the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA).
Born Charles Kofi Amankwaa Mann (C. K. Mann) was reported to have died while on admission at the GPHA Hospital on March 20.
Acclaimed for such songs as ‘Adwoa Yankey,’ ‘Mber Papa,’ ‘Medo Wo,’ ‘Araba Lucy,’ ‘Wode a Ne Me,’ among others, the singer was reportedly battling ill health conditions with intensified last December. He was 83.
Active in music for over four decades, his big break came in came in 1969 with the release of “Edina Benya“. A former seaman, he was member of a number of influential bands as the Kakaiku Band, Ocean Strings, and The Carousel 7.
For his immeasurable contribution to music and Ghanaian heritage, he was, in 2013, awarded Grand Medal of Ghana by then president John Agyekum Kufour .His most recent album, “‘Wope Nyeho’ was released in 2013.
The final funeral rites and burial service for Mann, have been scheduled for Takoradi on July 14.
Here are sobering scenes from the event courtesy Empire FM: