THE final funeral rites for late Highlife icon, Jewel Ackah, will take place this weekend.
Jewel Ackah, who died on Friday, April 27 at 73, will be laid to rest on Saturday, August 4.
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The funeral will be preceded by a wake on Friday, August 3 at the Complex Park at Community 11 in Tema. The burial service and final funeral rites will also be held at the Complex Park.
The mortal remains of the legend will be laid to rest in Axim his hometown in the Western Region after the burial service.
A memorial service will be held at the Joshua Generation International Ministries at Taifa on Sunday, August 5, which will be followed by a final tribute concert at the Complex Park which will feature a wide range of musicians.
The funeral is expected to be attended by a cross section of Ghanaians who will be there to mourn with the family.
Jewel Ackah battled stroke and other sicknesses for over 10 years. He is survived by 11 children.
Ex Presidents Jerry John Rawlings and John Mahama are expected to be there to pay their final respects to the singer who is believed to have sacrificed his career for his political beliefs.
He is credited with the composition of the National Democratic Congress(NDC)’s anthem which is considered as a symbol of the party’s unity.
Jewel Ackah was one of the many musicians who popularised Highlife music in the 1980s and 1990s. His sweet voice and enticing Fante lyrics made him an exceptional artiste.
After years in the Highlife scene, he found Christ and shifted to Gospel music in the late 1990s.
He will be remembered for songs like Asomdwee Hene, I’m in the Mood, Joyce Sane Bra, Me Wo Bi, Kyere Mase among others.