February 23, 2015

C.K. Mann & his Carousel 7 – Funky Highlife
Essiebons Enterprises Ltd. 1975

C.K. Mann, front

The lp we have today is very much in demand, if you find
it, mostly it goes for huge prices. I was lucky and found it
quite reasonable so here it is for everybody to grab. It isn’t
in mint condition but plays fair and sounds fine. With Kofi
‘Papa’ Yankson and Ebo Taylor. So finally take this
Chance to listen to C.K. Mann’s funky highlife,
enjoy it and share it with whoever you can..


01 – Asafo beesuon
– Obaa yaa aye me bone
– Kolomashie
– Dofo bi akyerew me
– Ankwasema dede
– Okwan tsentsen awar
– Aboa akonkoran
02 – Beebi a odo wo
– Tsie m’afotusem
– Ebusua ape adze aye me
– Yebeyi wo aye
– Do me ma mondo wo bi


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  1. kwabena boakye 23 February 2015 at 16:05 - Reply

    Amazing…This is indeed a pricey one on the market…both artistes Papa Yankson and C.K. Mann are still alive as at the time of writing this and are legends.
    C.K. Mann is a creative artiste for how he fused western funk and coastal osoode music. He is a philanthropist as well and has a foundation that supports needy children. He released his recent album in 2013 and has performed at award shows a few years ago but age is finally catching up with this legend as he hasnt been in the best of shape these past few years.
    Papa Yankson is still very vibrant and performs at shows. Ebo taylor the arranger on this album still performs as well and they all originated from the Fante coastal region of Ghana.
    Thank you for this one. We will be here to support you as you share these treasures.

  2. Henk Madrotter 23 February 2015 at 17:41 - Reply


  3. Thomas 23 February 2015 at 18:00 - Reply

    Hello Moos!
    It’s a remarkable record you posted.
    James Brown’s concert in Lagos in 1970 influenced many local musicians of the west coast.
    Charles Kofi Mann had formed his own band (Carousel ‘7’) in late 60s already but aided by Ebo Taylor
    he started then to incorporate elements of funk into his highlife arrangements. With “Funky Highlife”,
    C.K. Mann was at his peak of success.
    Later a CD (also ”Funky Highlife”) was released, it contains many more tracks.
    Who ever is interested … ><.

    However 1975/76 did not see changes of highlife because of incorporating elements of funk only, another cornerstone
    was set by the Sweet Talks (Kunsum Beat) and F. Kenya (The Power House) who incorporated traditional rhythms.

    The uprising of the new styles of Highlife ended the ''golden periode'' of Dance Band Highlife.

    Greetings / Thomas

    • Kwabena Boakye 24 February 2015 at 08:41 - Reply

      Thank you very much Thomas, I am certainly interested. Your feedback is always in-depth and informative. Cheers

  4. glinka21 24 February 2015 at 07:57 - Reply

    Thanks very much, Moos!

    Thomas, from what I can tell, that’s deadlinked on the Higher Sound website.

  5. Esibo 24 February 2015 at 15:57 - Reply

    Thomas I have the vinyl and the cd and the cd does not contain any more tracks which are not on the vinyl. The length of each media run approx 29:25. The vinyl was reissued in 2012 by Mr Bongo Records.

  6. DJ Daudi (David) 26 February 2015 at 06:59 - Reply

    Coooool! I’ve been trying to get this for decades. Thanks for giving us a chance to hear.

  7. Kombla 24 April 2015 at 08:36 - Reply

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