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High-Life Legend Paapa Yankson passes on

By
Kwamina Tandoh

Accra July 21, GNA –
Veteran High-Life music legend, Paapa Yankson, passed on in the early hours of
Friday, at age 73, at his Dansoman residence,in Accra.

Ms Victoria Yankson,
his daughter, told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in an interview that the legend
had been battling with illness for some time now.

She said: “My father
could not eat frequently and complained about his leg”.

At the 18th edition of
the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards, on April 8, many patrons became emotionally
disturbed when he appeared in a wheel chair to receive the Life Time
Achievement Award, because of his condition.

He was survived by a
wife, Mary Yankson, and five children.

Biography

According to
information sourced online, Benjamin Paapa Kofi Yankson was born on June 22,
1944 at Winneba. His latent music flair was discovered at the funeral of a
neighbour.

He landed his first
music contract during his mother’s funeral. And for more than 40 years, Paapa
Yankson has produced music that has brought life to ‘many dead souls.’

He has composed many
hit songs, some of which have attracted national awards and nomination for
awards. In 1997 his composition, “Yaaba” won an award for Best Composition
during the Komkomba Awards.

“Wiase Mu Nsem,” “Show
Your Love,” “Wo Yere Anaa Wo Maame,” and “Tena Menkyen are among his hit songs.

Paapa Yankson had more
than 15 albums to his credit, thus attracting many young hiplife to feature him
on their albums.

He was also
instrumental in the projection of music bands into critical national acclaim;
the Western Diamond Band, The Gold Nuggets Band and the Carousel Seven Band.

He also taught and
performed in many countries around the world, including the US, Canada,
Belgium, Britain, Germany, Holland, Nigeria, Benin and Cote d’Ivoire.

GNA

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