Helping Rex hit the high notes
Thanks to Guy’s Cancer, musician Rex was able to achieve a lifelong ambition – and record a special thank you of his own.
Jazz musician Rex was overjoyed to score a record deal aged 81, and he credits Guy’s Cancer with helping him do so.
Born in Ghana, Rex’s love affair with music started when he was just 14, and by the 1950s the talented musician was playing with one of West Africa’s most famous stars – King of Highlife, E. T. Mensah – as part of his legendary Tempos Band.
Almost 70 years after he picked up his first instrument, Rex Ofusu Martey recorded his very first solo album, African Touring Holiday, and achieved his dream of leaving a musical legacy for people to remember him by.
After being diagnosed with prostate cancer over 20 years ago, Rex credits the dedicated Guy’s Cancer team with “keeping me going” – and his album includes a very special tribute to those who have looked after him over the years.
I would like to thank Guy’s Cancer for all the things they’ve done for me, the kindness they have shown to me. Without their care, I wouldn't have been able to make this album.
Rex, who recorded a musical tribute to thank Guy's Cancer for their dedicated care
When I met Louisa and her team, she made me feel at ease about the cancer. She took the scare out of it. That's why I wrote the song for her.