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Ghanaian Highlife Pioneer C.K. Mann Has Passed Away

The veteran highlife musician was 83.

Charles Kofi Amankwaa Mann, a highlife veteran, affectionately known as C.K. Mann passed away on Tuesday morning due to an undisclosed medical complication, he was 83 years old.

The celebrated musician had a career spanning over four decades. He began his career as part of Moses Kweku Oppong's Kakaiku band, before becoming the leader of the highlife group Ocean Strings.

From there, the artist joined The Carousel 7, releasing his breakout single "Edina Benya" in 1969.

The musician would go on to produce several memorable hits throughout his career that fused contemporary instrumentation with Osode the "the traditional of Ghanaian fishermen rhythms," reports Ghana Web. Some of his most popular cuts include "Asafo Beeson," " Adwoa Yankey," and "Fa Wokoma Mame," amongst others.


The artists won several awards for his music, including the Grand Medal of Ghana in 2006 from then-president John Agyekum Kufour. Mann didn't slow down in his later years either, the musician released his last album Wope Nyeho in 2013.

Celebrate the artist's exemplary career and contribution to music by revisiting some of his "Funky Highlife" below.

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Bobi Wine's Release Detailed in Latest Episode of 'The Messenger'

Trauma is the topic on the podcast's latest episode: "The Ballot or The Bullet."

The latest episode of The Messenger is something to behold.

Created by Sudanese-American rapper Bas, The Messenger throws the spotlight on the thunderous circumstances many African countries face, with a close focus on Ugandan politician Bobi Wine.

In his most recent traumatic experience, Wine and his wife Barbara Itungo Kyagulanyi were released from a nearly two-week military house arrest following the ruling of a Ugandan court. Keeping up with current events and circumstances that Wine finds himself in, the latest episode of the podcast recounts the traumatic events that led to Wine's very public abuse and eventual house arrest.

Upon his release, Wine spoke with The Messenger and had this to say, "I want to remind the world that we went in this election knowing how corrupt the staff of the electoral commission is. We saw this through the campaign and the world saw how much was oppressed, how biased and one sided the electoral commission was, and how much it was in the full grip of General Museveni. And therefore we are going to test every legal test, we shall take every legal test. We shall take every legal step. And indeed we shall take every moral and morally proactive, nonviolent, but legal and peaceful step to see that we liberate ourselves. The struggle has not ended. It is just beginning."

Listen to Episode 7 of The Messenger here.

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