The musician passed on this dawn, we understand. Persons close to the musician have confirmed news of his passing.
A one-time Manger of the musician Mark Okraku Mantey, whose Slip Music label played a crucial role in Gyamenah’s life has since confirmed the news to Kasapa 102.5 FM. He spoke to Fiifi Banson on Anopa Kasapa on Friday.
Gyamenah battled some health complications lately before his passing this dawn.
Born Daasebre Kojo Gyamenah, he became popular after releasing his debut hit ‘Kokooko’ in 1999 which featured former hiplife musician now turned Pastor Lord Kenya. Kokooko for many was the first major mainstream fusion of hiplife and highlife in Ghana. The song charted very successful careers for both musicians.
Daasebre, who was born into a Muslim family (his mother was one), later converted to the faith taking on the name Abubakar Siddiq. Daasebre’s mother died when he was only five years old.
A native of Koforidua in the Eastern Region, he had an impressive career.
His career was however rocked with some personal issues including claims of drug trade that led to his arrest in London on June 29, 2006. When he was arrested, it was allegedly believed he was carrying 770 grammes of cocaine in his baggage.
He was acquitted on Friday May 11, after almost a year of legal battle in a British law court.
His fellow Ghanaian musician Nana Kweku Duah, a.k.a Tic Tac was in court to testify for his acquittal; it is believed Tic Tac’s account played a key role in getting him released.
Tic Tac told the Isleworth Crown Court in London as a prosecution witness that, Daasebre Gyamenah was a well-respected person with a successful musical career and that it would be impossible for him to abandon his successful career to engage in drug business. British intelligence officials subsequently came to Ghana to conduct some background search on the musician.
Gyamenah unsuccessfully tried to stage a career comeback.