Everything You Want To Know About Legendary Ghanaian Highlife Artiste A. B Crentsil
Legendary Ghanaian high-life artiste, Alfred Benjamin Crentsil professionally known as A. B. Crentsil has passed away at the age of 79 on Wednesday after a short sickness.
A. B. Crentsil was touted as a part of the big three Ghanaian contemporary vocalist to grace the World music scene and won many awards including the “Fontomfrom Evergreen award, a special honor bestowed upon a musician with 15–20 years of continuous music experience.
He was the leader and owner of the Ahenfo band after his stints with the “Sweet Talk” band with Smart Nkansah. He’s noted for some hit songs including “Moses”, “Atia”, “Juliana” and “Obi ba wiase”.
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. 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 a lead singer and then finally the Ahenfo Band.
Crentsil opened a 16-track recording studio in 1990.“ Devil” is among his bbest-known songs.
Crentsil continued to release new albums and won 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.”
It was a social experiment – Edem finally reveals the content of his NDC/NPP campaign posters
Ghanaian rapper Edem has finally revealed the reason for his posts after leaving social media users in the dark with two different campaign posters for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the National Patriotic Party (NPP).
According to Edem, his campaign posts were a social experiment to see what would happen if he did the following;
1. Are Ghanaians tolerant of opposing political viewpoints, and do news organisations verify facts before publishing them?
2. Are people excited to see more young people enter politics?
3. How do members of different political parties react to one another?
4. Do people’s political beliefs shape their attitudes, behaviours, and decisions?
5. How do intolerance, bias, and prejudice affect people and their interactions with others who hold opposing political views?
In addition, the award-winning rapper urged “followers of both Parties to use the same energy to support creatives on social media.”
On Tuesday, March 21, the rapper shared a political campaign poster featuring the National Democratic Congress (NDC) logo, announcing a major announcement.
He captioned the poster, “Big announcement tomorrow at 4 pm.”
Edem’s post drew both positive and negative reactions from colleagues and social media users who were convinced he was about to announce his candidature for parliament on the NDC ticket.
In an odd turn of events, Edem shared another political poster with the ruling National Patriotic Party (NPP) logo on Wednesday, March 22.
“4 p.m., I take a stand,” he captioned another poster.
Before I participate in the scheme, VGMA must come and see me – Shatta Wale
Shatta Wale, the biggest dancehall musician in Ghana, has stated that he will only participate in the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards scheme if the organisers make a move first.
According to him, the board should take a “kinder approach” so that both parties can negotiate and reach an agreement so that he can join the show.
Shatta Wale stated on Hitz FM’s U Say Wetin show, “VGMA is my ex-girlfriend, anytime they want to come back, I am here.” I believe they should take a nice approach because they are the ones organising this.”
The ‘On God’ singer told Hitz FM’s Prince Tsegah that “they should also find someone from the office to come and invite me to come on board, and it will be beautiful.”
When asked if he is extending an invitation to organisers he answered, “we should take this like that… We must realise that “united we stand, divided we fall.”
“I don’t have VGMA in my heart, and I don’t have any enemies there,” he continued. Simply put, things happen, and we move on.”
It will be remembered that in 2019, VGMA barred Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy from the scheme following a scuffle that marred the show’s 20th anniversary.
However, the ban was lifted in 2021, and Stonebwoy has been a part of the scheme since 2022. Shatta Wale, on the other hand, has yet to join the scheme.
Meanwhile, Charter House, the organisers of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA), has released the complete list of the 24 nominees of the various categories for the VGMA.
The categories were announced on March 18, 2023, on the award scheme’s various social media platforms.
Meanwhile, the award will be presented on Saturday, May 13, 2023, at the Grand Arena of the Accra International Conference Centre.
I’ll Win Best Rapper Of The Year At The VGMAs Again – Lyrical Joe
Lyrical Joe, a Ghanaian rapper, is not resting on his laurels as he prepares to win the Best Rap Performance award at the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards for the second time.
Last year, the rapper beat out Sarkodie, Strongman, Amerado, Lyrical Joe, Obibini, and Teephlow for the position.
He was nominated again this year in the same category as TeePhlow, Strongman, Amerado, Sarkodie, and Medikal.
Lyrical Joe, who recently released his debut album titled ‘Photo Album,’ told Joy FM’s ‘Showbiz A-Z’ host Kwame Dadzie about his excitement at being nominated for the 2023 edition of the awards.
When asked if he’d win again, he said, “Oh yes.”
Lyrical Joe has received numerous accolades both locally and internationally as one of Ghana’s best rappers.
He went after Cameroonian rapper Jovi and Sierra Leonean Mc Kao Denero in 2020. Following the beef, he gained a large following and admiration.
His recent battle with rapper Amerado has also increased his visibility in the music industry.
For the past six years, he has released a rap song on his birthday, August 5th.
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