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21 July 2017

Highlife Legend Paapa Yankson Dies At 72

Highlife legend Paapa Yankson has died, TheLead.com.gh has learnt.

The ‘Tena Me Nkyen’ hitmaker died at a hospital in Accra Friday morning, his wife confirmed to StarrFMonline.com.

The last time Paapa, as he was affectionately called, was seen in public was when he left his sick bed to perform at the Bottles and Bands Festival at the Polo Grounds in November 2016.

He was 72.

Benjamin Paapa Kofi Yankson was born on June 22, 1944 at Winneba in the Central region. His latent music flair was discovered at the funeral of a neighbor. He landed his first music contract during his mother’s funeral. And for more than 30 years Paapa Yankson has produced music that has brought life to many dead souls.

Even though both of his parents were musicians, they didn’t want him to take up singing. Instead, they wanted him to have a white collar job. His father, Benjamin Akono Yankson, was a reputable trumpeter with the Apam Brass Band while his mother Akua Doma, a trader, was a member of the Christ Little Band of the Methodist Church. According to him, anytime his mother sang while doing her house chores, he sang along with her.

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