Ghanaian highlife legend AB Crentsil was born in 1943 at Prestea in the Western Region of Ghana (then Gold Coast).
He died on Wednesday, July 13, 2022, at age 79.
Who is AB Crentsil?
Alfred Benjamin Crentsil Jr. was born in 1943 in Prestea, Gold Coast (now Ghana) to the late Alfred Benjamin Crentsil Sr. and Esi Yaaba.
He was always referred to as AB junior until his father died in 1984 when he took the name AB Crentsil without the junior. Takoradi Methodist Primary School and Rev Cleveland Middle School served as his primary and secondary schools, respectively.
Following his middle-school exams, AB worked as an electrical apprentice for his father, who was the Works Superintendent of Ghana Railways’ technical branch in Takoradi.
When did AB Crentsil start doing music?
Mr Thedoh introduced Crentsil to the guitar when he was in middle school. Crentsil became proficient at playing the guitar and began singing along with it.
He was working as an electrician while also performing with the Strollers Band, which was owned by one Kwesi Donkor.
AB Crentsil’s music career
Crentsil has performed with the El Dorados, the Sweet Talks – the latter group, led by Crentsil and Smart Nkansah, was the resident band at Tema’s Talk Of The Town Hotel in the 1970s, with Crentsil as lead singer – and finally the Ahenfo Band.
In 1990, Crentsil opened a 16-track recording studio and “Devil” is one of his most well-known songs.
Crentsil continued to release new albums and received accolades given to Ghana’s top musicians. “When burger highlife came and everybody loved it, we all joined the train because we also wanted to make some money,” he always says, “but one thing I realised is that highlife will always be the original form of music for Ghanaians and we will always come back to it.”
AB Crentsil’s family, wife and kids
AB Crentsil had eight children with his wife Elizabeth Crentsil.
AB Crentsil’s Death
Ghanaian highlife died on Wednesday, July 13, 2022, at age 79.
Best of AB Crentsil’s songs are:
I Go Pay You Tomorrow
· Atia Special
· Ye Wo Adze Oye
· Biribi Dze Mu
· Ma Mendwene Meho.