Highlife Music Legend, A.B. Crentsil Dies

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Some heartbreaking news coming in this morning suggests that Highlife music legend, Alfred Benjamin Crentsil, popularly known as A.B. Crentsil is dead.

From what zionfelix.net is picking up, A.B. Crentsil passed away in the early hours of today, July 13, 2022, after a period of illness.

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The sad news was also confirmed on Peace FM’s official Facebook page.

A.B. Crentsil was 79 years old until his sad demise today.

Our condolences go out to his family and we pray he rests well.

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Below is a little biography of A.B. Crentsil culled from Wikipedia

Alfred Benjamin Crentsil Jr was born in Prestea, Gold Coast (present-day Ghana), to the late Alfred Benjamin Crentsil Sr and Esi Yaaba in 1943.

He was always known as AB Junior until his father died in 1984 when he assumed the AB Crentsil name without the junior.

His primary and middle school education was the Takoradi Methodist Primary and Rev Cleveland Middle School respectively. After his middle-school examinations, AB worked as an electrical apprentice under his father, who was Works Superintendent of the technical branch of Ghana Railways at Takoradi.

While in middle school, Crentsil was introduced to the guitar by Mr. Thedoh.

A.B. Crentsil became proficient in playing guitar and started singing along when playing it. He was simultaneously working as an electrician and playing with the Strollers Band owned by one Kwesi Donkor.

Crentsil has played with the El Dorados, the Sweet Talks – which latter group in the 1970s, under the joint leadership of Crentsil and Smart Nkansah, were the resident band at The Talk Of The Town Hotel in Tema, with Crentsil as lead singer — and then finally the Ahenfo Band.

Crentsil opened a 16-track recording studio in 1990. “Devil” is among his best-known songs. Crentsil continues to release new albums and to win the accolades that are awarded to top musicians in Ghana. As he always says: “When burger highlife came and everybody loved it, we all joined the train because we also wanted to make some money, but one that I realized is that, highlife will always be the original form of music for Ghanaians and we will always come back to it.”

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