A. B. Crentsil
|A. B. Crentsil|
A. B. Crentsil is a Ghanaian musician. He is one of the big three of contemporary Ghanaian vocalists. Crentsil has won numerous Ghanaian Music Awards including the Fontomfrom Evergreen Award which is a special honor bestowed upon a musician with 15–20 years of continuous music experience.
Alfred Benjamin Crentsil Jr. was born to the late Alfred Benjamin Crentsil Snr. and Esi Yaaba at Prestea in the 1943. He was always known as AB junior until his father died in 1984 and then 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 examination his father who was the Works Superintendent of the Technical branch of Ghana Railways at Takoradi. AB worked under his father as an electrical apprentice.
While in the middle school, Crentsil was introduced to the guitar by a Mr. Thedoh. 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 Dorado's, Sweet Talks and then finally the Ahenfo Band.
Crentsil continues to release new albums and he continues to win all the top 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."
Crentsil is married to Elizabeth and they have seven children.
- Graham, Ronnie; Collins, John (1999). Ellingham, Mark; Duane, Orla; Dowell, Vanessa, ed. Africa, Europe and the Middle East: Volume 1 of World Music. Rough Guides. p. 496. ISBN 978-1-85828-635-8. Retrieved May 10, 2010.
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