Final funeral rites and burial service for late highlife singer, Charles Kofi Amankwaa Mann (C. K. Mann) —who died while on admission at the GPHA Hospital on March 20 —came off in his native city of Takoradi over the weekend.
Aged 83, the highlife forebear was bid farewell with a wake-keepeing ceremony at the Jubilee Grounds, where musicians as Kofi Bentil, Pat Thomas and Gyedu Blay Ambolley celebrated Mann with memorable performances; a burial service at the Christ the King Catholic Church; and an internment at the Takoradi Cemetery.
The music fraternity was duly represented (both young and seasoned practitioners), representatives from of both the Musicians’ Union of Ghana (MUSIGA), and the Ghana Music Rights Organization (GHAMRO0 in attendance: Daddy Bosco, Kakaiku Number Two, Bessa Simons, Kofi Kinata, Nero X etc.
The ceremony was also graced by personalities across politics, religion, corporate Ghana, and traditional leadership.
Acclaimed for such songs as ‘Adwoa Yankey,’ ‘Mber Papa,’ ‘Medo Wo,’ ‘Araba Lucy,’ ‘Wode a Ne Me,’ among others, the singer, who was active in music for over four decades, had his big break 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.