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5 Things To Know About The Recently Departed Ghanaian Highlife Pioneer C.K. Mann

Charles Kofi Amankwaa Mann, a highlife veteran, affectionately known as C.K. Mann passed away on Tuesday morning due to an undisclosed medical complication, he was 83 years old.

The celebrated musician had a career spanning over four decades. He began his career as part of Moses Kweku Oppong’s Kakaiku band, before becoming the leader of the highlife group Ocean Strings.

From there, the artist joined The Carousel 7, releasing his breakout single “Edina Benya” in 1969.

The musician would go on to produce several memorable hits throughout his career that fused contemporary instrumentation with Osode the “the traditional of Ghanaian fishermen rhythms,” reports Ghana Web. Some of his most popular cuts include “Asafo Beeson,” ” Adwoa Yankey,” and “Fa Wokoma Mame,” amongst others.

The artists won several awards for his music, including the Grand Medal of Ghana in 2006 from then-president John Agyekum Kufour. Mann didn’t slow down in his later years either, the musician released his last album Wope Nyeho in 2013.

5 things you should know about C.K. Mann:

1. C. K. Mann was born raised in Tarkoradi
C. K. Mann, known by birth name as Charles Kofi Amankwaa Mann was born 1936 in Cape Coast in the Central Region of Ghana but was raised and lived most of his life at Anaji, a suburb of Takoradi.

2. He was a seaman
Did you know that C.K. Mann was once a seaman? Yes! He worked briefly as a seaman before joining Moses Kweku Oppong’s Kakaiku band. It was he who impressed on the band’s owner, Anis Mubarak, to sign the late Paapa Yankson to the group.

3. He was a guitarist and record producer
He was a master guitarist and a producer. He came to prominence in 1969 when he released his single “Edina Benya”.

He played production roles in great Highlife songs such as ‘Adwoa Yankey,’ ‘Mber Papa,’ ‘Medo Wo,’ ‘Araba Lucy,’ ‘Wode a Ne Me,’ among others.

4. He won several awards and honours

He has received so many awards and honours for his great work and immense contributions to Ghana music industry.

In 2006, former President John Agyekum Kufuor awarded him the Grand Medal of Ghana during the 2006 National Honours and Awards Ceremony in recognition of his contribution to Ghanaian music.

He was among the first recipients of this award after the ceremony was revamped in 2006

5. He has been name after a street
The street on which his house is located at Anaji has been renamed C. K. Mann Avenue.

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