Kwabena Maanu was in the Danish music scene known 'the man who brought african music to Denmark'. Now he's gone.
As the first in Denmark he lost his life to coronavirussen the night between Saturday and Sunday last week. 62-year-old. Maanu leaves three adult daughters in Denmark.
- Maanu, all simply called him, was the sweetest man in the world. He was happy and smiling, always helpful and hospitable, tells journalist and debater, Søren K. Villemoes, who through his father had known the generous south african in years.
the Family does not want to let themselves be interviewing, but Søren has been in close contact with them and says the following on their behalf:
- They have lost their father and are very much affected by it, and now, they hope just, that there is no other that comes in the same situation.
- Their father was not dying when he was hospitalized and ended up dying of the corona, says Søren K. Villemoes.
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The ghanaian man with the big smile, was known as 'the man who brought african music to Denmark'. Private.
But Maanu was weak in the last months of his life. He got at the end of 2019, a blood clot in the brain and lungs, and he got the cardiac arrest. Subsequently, he lay in a coma, according to Søren K. Villemoes, where he got pneumonia.
But it was he to come over. He had a disability after the clot in the brain, so he was in the nursing home, but he was not sick. He was weakened and was going to build it all up.
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While he was waiting for his care home place, was Maanu admitted to a rehabilitation center. Here he lay until his hospitalization with coronavirus at Herlev Hospital, where he thus lost his life the night of Sunday.
Maanu, who came to Denmark in 1979 on his big brother's passport, lived and breathed for music. He founded in the 1980s pladebutikken Sheppard's Village and a koncertbureau, and he imported music and musicians from west africa, and he appeared at the club Stengade in Nørrebro in Copenhagen.
Such as Maanu out, when he came to Denmark in 1979 and took the african rhythms with the danes. Private.
- If you know something about the caribbean-african music, have Maanu been a very important and legendary man.
Maanu has among other things been responsible for a part of festivals along with Master Fatman, and Finn Nørgaard, who lost their lives on Krudttønden, has made a film about Maanu, called Soul to Soul, which is about african migration, as well as how african music assist to solve their problems.