Senior Lecturer at the Department of Integrated Rural Arts and Industry at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has lauded the call to give highlife legend late Paapa Yankson a state burial for his enormous contribution to the Ghana music industry.
Late Paapa Yankson’s contribution to the Ghanaian Music industry particularly highlife genre in Ghana cannot be over looked therefore the need for state burial.
Speaking to metro news, the head of department said Paapa Yankson was a hero in Ghanaian highlife music which he took the music beyond the coastlines of our country and even at the time Nigerians wanted to claim highlife music originated from their country, Paapa Yankson was part of few highlife musicians at the time who proved through singing that it originated from Ghana.
Late Paapa Yankson first son Selassie Yankson suggested and appealed to government led by President Nana Akuffo Addo to recognize his father’s contribution to the Ghanaian music and honour him with State Burial to encourage the few existing ones to continue hold forth the highlife music for their rewards await them.
Dr. Osei Bobbie denied anything like flood gate when Paapa Yankson is giving a State Burial and admitted that late musicians like Paa Bobo, Alex Konadu, Agyemang Opambuor, Akwasi Ampofo Agyei, Ekourba Gyasi have contributed their quota to make highlife music a success though they will not be forgotten but Paapa Yankson played a significant role and deserves a State Burial.
He reiterated that, Paapa Yankson saved the highlife music during the fall which he brought it back to life with his live band group some years ago, adding that government should consider to give the decease a State Burial in a way to eulogise him and his positive contribution to the Ghana music.
Selassie Yankson in an exclusive interview with Metro news announced his late father’s one week observation slated 4th August 2017.
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Source: Metro news / Ronald Kyeremateng (Ras Vim)