Hi-life music in Ghana has lost one of its veteran musicians, Peter Kwabena Yamoah popularly known as P. K. Yamoah.
P.K Yamoah, known for the hit song ‘Serwah Akoto’ died Tuesday after a short illness at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra.
The 86-year-old veteran musician, didn’t just produce hit songs, he also nurtured many musicians in Ghana and is credited with giving several musicians their big break.
Notable among them is Nana Kwame Ampadu who founded the African Brothers band in the early 1960s.
“P.K Yamoah is also credited with grooming the likes of Agyarku and Smart Nkansah who went on to form the Sunsum Band and Lee Duodu of Bisa Goma and Akoote Brofo fame,” the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) said in a statement.
Bice Osei Kuffour (Obour), MUSIGA President noted that P.K Yamoah, who was a member and a beneficiary of the Union’s Ageing Musician Welfare Fund (AMWEF), “was a real pillar of the music industry and very supportive of the Union.”
P.K Yamoah was based in Kumasi after a brief stay in the capital, Accra.
In 2008, he was celebrated with a Certificate of Merit for his immense contribution to Ghanaian music at the ninth edition of the Ghana Music Awards.
P.K Yamoah, also known for hit songs like ‘Fa Asem Kye’, ‘Onantefo’, ‘Obido Me’, ‘Sika Mpe Rough’, and ‘Nya Asem Hwe’, is survived by four children.
source : myjoyonline.com