Legendary singer Paapa Yankson “bolted’ from hospital to be present at EIB’s Bottles and Bands last Saturday out of love, he confessed when he got on stage to perform.
That admirable altruism, accompanied by a truly charismatic performance was reciprocated during his set as several individuals and corporate organisations donated thousands of cedis to help ease the financial strain the singer might be encountering as a result of a recent ailment which has tied him to a wheelchair.
A total of about GHC 50,000 was pledged on the night, donors including UniBank, Capital Express ANFD International (suppliers of FAB ENERGY DRINKS), Ultimate Car Port, among other organisations and private persons.
Mr. Yankson, 72, has turned in some 15 albums, sung in that deeply moving tenor through which he has mirrored various aspects of our lives. He is co-founder of the famous Western Diamonds Band, and such songs as Yaaba, Wiase Mu Nsem, Show Your Love, Wo Yere Anaa Wo Maame, and Tena Menkyen; his lovely duet with Paulina Oduro, have endeared multitudes to him through all these years.
Every few minutes in his performance, on-air personality Giovani, who served as MC for the night, would interrupt and make an announcement of donations from corporate bodies and individuals who could not hold back their love for the highlife icon. Amounts donated on the night circled around some GHC 50, 000.
An EIB initiative, Bottles and Bands 2016, held at the Accra Polo Grounds November 19, consisted a beautiful open-air lounge setting during the day, and a live concert after 6 pm. Kojo Antwi, EL, Efya, and Paapa Yankson were headline acts for the night.