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How I escaped beatings in the North over my ‘Atia’ song – A. B. Crentsil confesses

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - 6th SEPTEMBER: Ghanaian musician A. B. Crentsil performs live on stage at the Melkweg in Amsterdam, Netherlands on 6th September 1986. (photo by Frans Schellekens/Redferns)

Veteran contemporary Ghanaian vocalist, Alfred Benjamin Crentsil known by stage name A. B. Crentsil has finally broken his silence on what appeared to be a myth about he nearly being beaten up north over lyrics of his song infamous ‘Atia’ song.

The higlife musician on Kumasi-based Pure Fm monitored by MyNewsGh.com after several decades has confessed he escaped the beatings of his life in the north over the ‘Atia’ song.

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‘Atia’ by A. B. Crentsil after its release decades ago, sparked series of controversies as section of northerners claimed it portrayed them as drunks and therefore demanded the song be withdrawn and the musician apologises to the chiefs and people of the area.

After a turf failed war, the musician with his band toured the north as was seen in those days for concerts in various towns but during one of such trips, residents planned to have him beaten over the denigrating lyrics of the song.

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Narrating what really transpired, he said “I decided not to perform Atia that evening but the fans called for it. They said whether I performed it or not they were going to give me the beatings of my life. So I decided to escape through a nearby farm and that infuriated the audience who
destroyed our bands items including our drum set and amplifier but the police came to restore calm“.

Source: mynewsgh.com