A. B. Crentsil & The Ahenfo Band Crentsil

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b. 1950, Saltpond, Ghana. After attending school in Takoradi Crentsil initially sought employment as an apprentice electrician with Ghana Railways, as his father had done before him. However, by the mid-60s…
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b. 1950, Saltpond, Ghana. After attending school in Takoradi Crentsil initially sought employment as an apprentice electrician with Ghana Railways, as his father had done before him. However, by the mid-60s his informal liaisons with music friends at social engagements were beginning to take up more and more of his time, and the Strollers Dance Band soon became a professional concern. They were rewarded with a state contract via the Aboso Glass Factory who renamed them the El Dorados. Crentsil and another member of the band, J.Y. Thorty, eventually left to form a new vehicle when deflation diminished the value of their salaries with the El Dorados. The Lantics based themselves at the Atlantic Hotel in Takoradi. The steady income afforded them the opportunity to record their first records, three 7-inch singles for the Ghana Film Studios. They were then poached by the Talk Of The Town hotel in Tema, who renamed the group Sweet Talks in 1973 Crentsil remained with this schooling factory for Ghanaian highlife stars until 1978, when they disbanded (for the first time) at the height of their popularity. Crentsil attempted to form the Super Sweet Talks but was prevented from doing so by litigation. He took the name Ahenfo Band instead, eventually finding overdue success with their third album, 1983’s Moses. Its religious theme was condemned by Ghana’s Christian Council, but it nevertheless established Crentsil as a major domestic artist. 1985’s Tantie Alaba was released in Europe by UK record label Earthworks, spreading that popularity to foreign territories. His status was confirmed by the popular and critical success of Toronto By Night the following year. In 1989 Crentsil appeared alongside other Ghanaian stars such as Pat Thomas, George Darko and Jewel Ackah for the Big Joe Asiedu organized compilation album, Party Time With The Stars. In 1991 World Circuit Records further embellished his reputation by releasing one of Sweet Talks’ classic cassette albums featuring Crentsil, Hollywood Highlife Party (re-titled Reminiscin’ In Tempo in the USA).