Legendary highlife musician C.K Mann was laid to rest today in Takoradi. His wake which was set yesterday at Jubilee Park saw great highlife musicians like Pat Thomas, Rex Omar, and new ones like Kofi Kinaata represent. Also great people from all walks of life also was there to bid last farewell to the great man.
His burial service started with file past his remains at the Takoradi Sports Club, then he was taken to Christ The King Cathedral in Effiekuma, then his interment at Takoradi Cemetery and finally back to the Takoradi Sports Club where musicians like Pat Thomas and Kofi Kinaata entertained family and sympathizers.
The late C.K Mann whose real name is Charles Kofi Amankwaa Mann was born in 1936 at Cape Coast in the Central Region. The highlife genius who was also a producer has won multiple awards both locally and foreign. He was awarded the Grand Medal og Ghana by John Agyekum Kuffuor in 2006.
He worked briefly as a fisherman before joining Moses Kwaku Oppong‘s Kakaiku band. After familiarizing himself with the Ghanaian music scene, he joined Ocean Strings and led the band until 1965.
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.
He came to prominence in 1969 when he released his single “Edina Benya“. It was he who impressed on the band’s owner, Anis Mubarak, to Paapa Yankson to the group. Mann added Western musical instruments to Osode , the traditional music of Ghanaian fishermen rhythms.
Mann died in GPHA hospital in Takoradi on March 20, 2018, after an unspecified disease intensified the previous December. May his soul rest in perfect peace.
Mann had several hit songs, including “Asafo beesuon“, “Obaa yaa aye me bone”, “Kolomashie“, “Dofo bi akyerew me”, “Ankwasema dede“, “Okwan tsentsen awar”, “Aboa akonkoran”, “Beebi a odo wo”, “Tsie m’afotusem”, “Ebusua ape adze aye me”, “Yebeyi wo aye“, and “Do me ma mondo wo bi”. His latest album, Wope Nyeho was produced by West Gold Music Studio in Takoradi and released in 2013.
In 2006, Mann was awarded the Grand Medal of Ghana during the 2006 National Honours and Awards Ceremony by President John Agyekum Kufour in recognition of his contribution to Ghanaian music. He was among the first recipients of this award after the ceremony was revamped in 2006. A street in Anaji (a suburb of Takoradi) has been named after Mann