Kofi B: Ghanaian highlife artiste dies

Kofi B

Ghanaian Highlife musician Kofi Boakye Yaidom aka Kofi B has died.

The popular musician was on his way to perform on Saturday night when the incident happened, the Ghana News Agency reported.

He was said to have been rushed to the hospital after complaining of chest pains but was pronounced dead on arrival.

Though his handlers do not want to give full details about his demise, it is believed that the Akua Donkor songwriter has been battling ill-health for about a year.

Tributes have since been pouring in on social media and traditional media platforms following his death.

Kofi B who has won many awards is known for hit songs such as “Mmbrowa”, “Bantama Akwasi Boakye”, “Koforidua Flowers”, among others.

In May 2014, he was arrested by the Greater Accra Regional Police Command over comments he had made on radio that the campaign for fairness, transparency and equity in the distribution of royalties by the Ghana Music Rights Organization (GHAMRO) may get physical if not handled properly.

Kofi B’s arrest came after his complaints about some unknown persons who were threatening to kill if he continued talking about GHAMRO issues.

He was one of the strong voices among other musicians who had been calling on the interim Chairman of GHAMRO, Carlos Sekyi and the rest of his team to account for royalties they collected on their behalf and to explain why the board was still in office when the organization’s constitution said he shall remain in office for a maximum of two years- which elapsed on May 2013.

By Jonathan Ofori, Daily Mail GH

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