Death shall come for us all, the only hope we all have is that it comes when we are good and ready, when we have toiled and enjoyed the fruits of our labour or when we’ve built a legacy. CK Mann was fortunate to achieve all of the above.
The mortal remains of high-life legend Charles Kofi Amankwandoh Mann, aka “C.K Mann”, was laid to rest on Saturday, July 14, at the Takoradi cemetery in the Western Region. CK Mann, who died after three years of illness, died at age 83, at the Ghana Ports and Harbour Hospital in Takoradi, on March 20.The burial service was held at the Christ the King Catholic Church, before he was taken to his eternal resting place at the Takoradi cemetery.
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He was on Friday laid in state at his residence at Anaji Estate and then at the Jubilee Grounds for wake keeping where musicians like Kofi Bentil, Pat Thomas and Gyedu Blay Ambolley served scores of mourners with some hilife rendition.
Present at the funeral were old musicians like Daddy Bosco, Kakaiku Number two, Pat Thomas and Gyedu Blay Ambolley, among others. Also present were the GHAMRO executives, some hiplife artistes like Kofi Kinata and Nero X. The late C.K Mann started his musical career in 1950 in Takoradi, when he joined the Broadway Combo, the third band formed by the Broadway Cinema Company.
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He later joined the Kakaiku Band in 1962 and moved to the Ocean Seven Band in 1966, which he led till the early 1970’s.He was the first musician to introduce saxophone and trumpet into music in Ghana as his career spanned over four decades.
Eventually we will all go but for now CeeKay it is your turn. Till then the living bid you farewell.