Monday, 2 December 2013

Ghana's beloved A. B. Crentsil is Honoured at MTN's 2013 Legend and Legacy Ball......


Sooo sweet, Elizabeth Crentsil wiping her husband, our beloved A. B. Crentsil's happy tears.....
Nice man: Hassan Ayariga, Presidential candidate of PNC in the 2012 elections -singing A.B. Crentsil's Juliana watch via: -Fabulous.....


He was so overcome by emotion  that as a short documentary on his music career was shown to the audience at the MTN Legends and Legacy (LAL) Ball at the Accra International Conference Centre last Saturday,   AB Crentsil could not hold back the tears.

His wife held herself together,  wiped away the tears and cuddled him like a baby being consoled by its mother.

Until that moment came, the highlife superstar had been profusely praised for his abundant contribution to the progress of  popular music in this country and a string of well-known, younger artistes had done their takes of some of his popular  songs.

They included Castro, Raquel, Koo Ntakara, Kwabena Kwabena, Efya and No Tribe.  King Ayisoba was on stage but did not play any AB Crentsil song.

It was not only the known artistes who rendered AB Crentsil songs on the night. Presidential candidate in the 2012 elections, Hassan Ayariga did a rousing version of Juliana and actor Kofi Adjorlolo was simply great doing the ever-popular Moses.He sang and played his trumpet as well.

Attendance at the Imajin Advertising-organised event  to honour AB Crentsil was fair considering the fact it rained in most parts of Accra in the early evening and there were other major entertainment programmes in the city.

Former President, John Kuffuor was at the event.  He was present at the 2011 LAL Ball where Daddy Lumba was honoured and made it to the celebration of Amakye Dede last year.  When emcee Kwami Sefa Kayi  announced that the Gentle Giant had been to all three LAL Balls, the audience clapped for him.

It was a great opportunity for the featured artistes to do  justice to some of AB Crentsil’s composition. It was a delight to hear the unique touches they all brought to the material of a man they have a lot of respect for.

Raquel, for instance,  did a splendid version of Akpeteshie  while Efya soared high and high into the jazz firmament with I Don’t Know Why. Kwabena displayed his mastery of the highlife medium with Obi Baa Wiase and Castro was spot-on with Aboa Oni Dua.

It was an enjoyable affair for the audience as some of them danced their hearts away, obviously happy  to be present on the night when that giant highlife star was celebrated.

The man himself later took to the stage and performed some of his classic pieces like Angelina, Atea, Papa Samo, Obi Baa Wiase and Adwoa. It was way past 1.00am on Sunday then, but some of the audience still had enough energy left to shake their bodies to his scintillating highlife.

Bassist Dan Grahl and his Shabo Crew  were in good form as the carpet band. They appeared to have rehearsed well with all the artistes they backed.

A number of presentations were made to AB Crentsil as well as his wife on behalf of MTN, Imajin Advertising and the Musicians Union of Ghana.

 AB Crentsil  turns 70 next   January and the 2013 MTN Legends and Legacy (LAL) Ball was definitely an  appropriate  pre-birthday gift from Imajin Advertising.


Paulina says: I've just watched segments of our beloved Alfred Benjamin Crentsil aka A. B. Crentsil's MTN's 2013 Legend and Legacy Ball honour via Joy News (ABN Sky 290) -for the umpteenth time and I'm still crying just like our legend.....

Like all Ghanaians, I have loved high-life superstar A. B. Crentsil and his music all my life --and like many I have waited to see this legend honoured -and what a fabulous, fabulous befitting night....he had last Saturday 30th November 2013 at the Accra International Conference Centre.....

I have watched and watched last Saturday night's hot event over and over again, and I just can't get over how fabulous it was, sooo joyous, sooo well organised..our A. B. who has made sooo many people 'happy' with this music -deserves it....

We must appluded MTN, Imajin Advertising -the organisers behind the event, the artistes including Kwabena Kwabena, No Tribe, King Ayisoba and Efya -who I thought was fantastic, and my absolute faves, "Presidential candidate in the 2012 elections, Hassan Ayariga" who sang my father's favourite --Juliana and actor Kofi Adjorlolo who sang Moses another favourite....

To watch MTN's 2013 Legend and Legacy Ball videos including our AB Crentsil performing 'Attia', actor Kofi Adjorlolo performing 'Moses' and politician Hassan Ayariga performing 'Juliana' visit:

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