It’s true; I was nearly beaten in Bolga – A.B. Crentsil confirms ‘Atia’ rumor

Music legend, Alfred Benjamin Crentsil,

simply known on stage as A.B. Crentsil, has

confirmed over a decade-old humourous

rumour that he was nearly beaten in the

north for one of his all-time hit songs – Atia.

AB narrated how he jumped a wall to safety

in a middle of a concert in the North with an

angry fan swearing to beat him up for

allegedly referring to Northerners as


For years, a story was told about A.B.

Crentsil, usually in a comic setting, that he

went to Bolgatanga, Upper East regional

capital, to stage a concert there.'

A.B. Crentsil, at his prime, and at his best on

the day, played all his known songs to thrill

his fans, but cautiously refrained from

singing Atia : the song that had generated

huge controversy which inadvertently

mocked natives of Bolga at the time.

The song talked about two guys from the area

who came down south to hustle for a decent

living. One took to drinking hard liquor –

akpeteshie, said to be 100% alcohol by

volume – and habitually got heavily

intoxicated. His obviously frustrated and

disheartened colleague advised him without

success to stick to their time-tested, less

volume liquor called Pito: a locally brewed

beer from their hometown.

But the drunk developed a thick skin and

warded off all the useful advice given him. To

cut a long story short, he died of his ignoble


Though the story has a moral footing,

according to A.B. Crentsil, it was lost on his

northern fans. They felt he was portraying

them as drunkards.

To cap the underlining humour, one of the

disgruntled fans stood out of the audience

and demanded why A.B. Crentsil would not

play his popular Atia song. The displeased

fellow proceeded to bare his teeth at the

musician and told him point blank – whether

he played the song or not he would be


What made the rumour even more hilarious

was how the angry young man

reportedly 'butchered' the Twi language in a

way many northerners would when learning

the language.

Speaking on Joy FM's Personality Profile with

Bola Ray on Drive Time on Thursday A.B.

Crentsil confirmed the story was no rumour

but staggering truth which endangered his


He recalled on that fateful day, he announced

to the audience that he was going to play one

more song to end the first part of the show,

that song was definitely not Atia .

The gentleman, he said, started cursing from

the crowd and swore that whether that track

was played or not he would not go scot free.

At this point, A.B narrated that he was

expecting nothing than beatings. He was

scared to the bone.

He said he quickly dashed to the backstage,

jumped out of a wall to safety. He left the

rest of the team behind to continue the


He said how he managed to come to Accra,

unhurt is history now.

Addressing the moral undertone of the song,

A.B said too much of everything is bad so he

was advising against excessive intake of

alcohol without any iota of intention to

ridicule the people of Bolgatanga or

northerners in general.

He was somewhat remorseful for using them,

but said it could have been any other tribe

without malice.

He also denied that the evergreen hit song

'Moses' was banned by government.


Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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