The first son of late highlife Legend, Silas Yankson has pleaded on the government to give his father a state burial.
Silas said this in an interview with Joe Kumi of Empire 102.7 FM in Takoradi after confirming the death of his father.
“Yes I can confirmed the death of my father which happened this morning at his resident in Dansoman , I had a call from my mother and to be frank I broke down in tears and I still don’t believe he is no more,” he had said.
“My father saved the highlife music of Ghana therefore took the genre to places around the world and will call on the government to give him a state burial,” he added.
The ace high life musician died at his Dansoman residence in Accra, on Friday, 21st July, 2017.
The 73 year – old Paapa Yankson, until his death, had been riding in a wheel chair yet had put up spectacular performances at programmes including the Citi FM Music of Ghanaian Origin (MOGO) which took place in March, 2017.
Few days later, he performed at the 2017 edition of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards, where he hinted that he was working on new songs. He was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
About Paapa Yankson
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.
He has 15 albums that contain of hit songs like ‘Tena Menkyen,’ ‘Wiase Mu Nsem,” Show Your Love,’ ‘Wo Yere Anaa Wo Maame,’ and others.
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 has lectured and performed in many countries around the world including the US, Canada, Belgium, Britain, Germany, Holland, Nigeria, Benin and the Ivory Coast.
Watch his performance at the Music of Ghanaian Origin at the Kempinski Hotel in March, 2017: