Officials of the musicians union of Ghana (MUSIGA) today paid a customary visit to the Family of highlife legend, late Paapa Yankson in Accra.
This necessary visit followed after the legend passed away last week Friday. It was to pour out condolences to the family and to help arrange for the legend’s funeral rites which is yet to be revealed.
However, a date for the 1-week celebration was released by the family during this visit which is 4th August 2017 at the Keep fit club in Dansoman, Accra.
Officials who were present at this meeting includes Alhaji Sidiku Buari (former MUSIGA president), Bessa Simon (1st vice Chairman, GHAMRO), Ahuma Ocansey Bosco (Dir. Of Communication and special projects, MUSIGA), Rev Fiifi Khan (Administrator, MUSIGA), Ras Caleb Adjetey (Greater Accra Chairman MUSIGA), Alex Odoi (Welfare Chairman, MUSIGA), Rev. Ghansah and Mr. Henry Paa Kwasi Smith (Scratch studios).
Paapa Yankson was given a legendary award at the recent VGMAs for his tremendous work towards the development of the music industry.
Furthermore, Paapa Yankson’s son, Sisle Yankson last week stated that his father should be given a state burial for his contribution to the nation’s development but some union leaders think he rather needs a “State Recognition or Appreciation”.
Speaking to the chief officer of the Ghana Music Right Organization (GHAMRO), Abraham Adjetey indicated in an interview with Lisa Baakope that Paapa Yankson has contributed immensely to the music industry and needs a state recognition not a State burial as everyone is indicating.
“I am saddened as to why people are calling for a state burial for the legend, why do we limit state burial to only politicians. If someone contributes his quota to the national development then they need a state burial. So the state want us to die before they honour us” he asked.
“I think Paapa Yankson deserves a state recognition then the continuation can be a state burial”. He concluded.
According Captain Abraham people must not die before they are honoured by the state for contributing their quota.
Paapa Yankson can be remembered with indigenous highlife songs like ‘Yaaba”, “Show your love”,”Abaayi”,”Tenamenkyen”, “wo yeri anaa wo maame” just to mention few.
Story by: Ntewusu Philomina (Shadow Radio)