Mahoney P, one of the pioneers of Twi rap in Ghana has died in Amsterdam, Netherlands, where he was based.
According to a family source the death took place on Friday, and that he had been battling with cancer for some years now.
Born Patrick Kwabena Poku, Mahoney P broke into the limelight with his 1994 album, ‘Highlife In Gangsterdam’ which featured the popular hit song, ‘Ebe Ye Yie’.
Rapper Kojo Cue paid a tribute to Mahoney on Twitter saying : “Just got word that Mahoney P died. For those who don’t know, he released one of the first album’s to feature rap in Ghana in 1994. The only reason he doesn’t enter the Hiplife originator conversation is because he didn’t call what he did Hiplife. Rest In Peace to a king.”
Just got word that Mahoney P died. For those who don't know, he released one of the first album's to feature rap in Ghana in 1994. The only reason he doesn't enter the Hiplife originator conversation is because he didn't call what he did Hiplife. Rest In Peace to a king.
— #ForMyBrothers Album Out Now (@KOJO_Cue) April 4, 2020
Mahoney P was also known for hit songs like ‘Kyere Me Odo’ and ‘Kofi Babone’. He had been living in the Netherlands since 1986. One of his recent visits to Ghana was met with controversy when it was reported that he had been arrested for possession of marijuana.