Highlife legend C. K. Mann has died
Highlife legend C. K. Mann

Veteran highlife musician Charles Kofi Amankwaa Mann, widely known on stage as C. K. Mann, has died.

The legendary highlife musician passed away on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at the Ghapoha Hospital in the Western Region early morning at 7 am.

He was 83 years.

According to myghonline.com, his son, Anthony Mann, confirmed the news.

C.K. Mann had been battling an undisclosed illness for almost three years and his condition got worse last week.

About C. K. Mann

Born Charles Kofi Amankwaa Mann was widely known as C. K. Mann was born in 1936 in Cape Coast. A former seaman and a member of Kakaiku’s Guitar Band for some time, he joined the Ocean Strings’ which he led until 1965.

The band folded up and the owner of Princess Cinema in Takoradi invited C.K. to lead the Carousel 7, a newly formed resident band of the Princess nightclub. He then came to prominence with a single hit record Edina Benya in 1969.

C.K. has leapt to fame with his captivating revival and modernization of ‘Osode,’ the traditional music of the fishermen of Ghana. C.K. Mann explains:

The raw and pure Osode vocal ensemble is unique and can’t be equalled by anyone other than the fishermen folks. He also wanted to play Osode and make it appeal to a much wider audience. So he changed the instrumentation a bit and to the Ashowa, the hand piano or rhythm box that is used to perform Osode, he added two guitars, organ, bass, etc.

But he managed to maintain some of the original ingredients such as the hand-claps, and the call and response style of singing.

The outcome of this combination was a mildly melancholy sound which was quite popular on the Ghanaian West Coast market.

After the success of Osode, C.K. introduced wind instruments: the saxophone and trumpet, into his band, The Carousel 7.

C. K. 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

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