Veteran Highlife legend A.B Crentsil joins ancestors
Highlife legend, Alfred Benjamin Crentsil, popularly known as A.B. Crentsil has dead.
A.B Crentsil died in the early hours of today, July 13, 2022, after a period of illness.
Some of his popular songs include “I go pay you tomorrow”, “Moses”, “Atia” among a host of others.
Alfred Benjamin Crentsil Jnr. was born in Prestea, Gold Coast (present-day Ghana), to the late Alfred Benjamin Crentsil Snr and Esi Yaaba in 1943.
He was always known as A.B Junior until his father died in 1984 when he assumed the A.B 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.