Takoradi readies to say goodbye to C. K. Mann

By: Linda Safoa Antwi
C.K. Mann goes home
Giant billboards of C.K. Mann can be seen in the Takoradi Metropolis

The Western Regional capital, Takoradi is preparing to say goodbye to one of its illustrious sons, Highlife legend, C.K. Mann who is going home this weekend.

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The late musician, 83, passed away on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at the GHAPOHA Hospital in Takoradi.

The Adwoa Yankey singer is expected to be given a befitting funeral starting with a wake on the night of Friday, July 13 at the Jubilee Park in Takoradi.

Ahead of the funeral, the Daily Graphic's Moses Dotsey Aklorbotu, reports that giant billboards of the prolific singer and songwriter, born Charles Kofi Amankwaa Manu, can be found all over the Metropolis.

He said songs from C.K. Mann dominated the airwaves in the Western regional capital while places designated to play roles for the funeral have been draped in black and white.

Family members and sympathisers have been gathering at his residence while the place is readied for visitors.

The residence of the late C.K. Mann has been spruced up

The burial service will be held tomorrow, Saturday, July 14, at the Christ Catholic Church at Effiakuma, Takoradi with a file past beginning at 7am. He will be buried at the Takoradi Cemetery later after which the family and sympathisers will gather at the Takoradi Sports Club.

On Sunday, July 15, there will be a Thanksgiving Service at Christ the King Catholic Church at Effiakuma.

C.K. Mann was born in 1936 in Cape Coast. He worked briefly as a seaman before joining Moses Kweku Oppong’s Kakaiku band.

His music career spanned over four decades and he won multiple awards for his songs. He was awarded the Grand Medal of Ghana by former President John Agyekum Kufuor in 2006.

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 sign Paapa Yankson to the group.

He had popular songs like Asafo Beesuon, Kolomashie, Dofo Bi Akyerew Me, Ankwasema Dede, Okwan Tsentsen Awar, Aboa Akonkoran, Beebi A Odo Wo, Tsie M'afotusem, Ebusua Ape Adze Aye Me and many others.

He lived at Anaji, a suburb of Takoradi and the street on which his house is located has been renamed C. K. Mann Avenue.

This week, the family of the highlife legend unveiled the official cloth for the final funeral rites. The cloth is named Adwoa Yankey after his song of the same name which was a huge hit.

Pictures by Moses Dotsey Aklorbortu