With some few hours to the most anticipated highlife music concert of the year, we bring you some insight into the backgrounds of the artistes who will be thrilling you to some of the most memorable songs in our history.
Below are the profiles of two of the artistes who will be performing at the Music of Ghanaian Origin Concert on Saturday December 1, 2012.
A.B. Crentsil was christened Alfred Benjamin Crentsil Jnr in the 1950s. He went into business as an electrician with his father when he completed middle school. He learnt how to play the guitar at a young age.
With 15–20 years of experience in the music business, Crentsil has won numerous Ghanaian Music Awards including the Fontomfrom Evergreen Award which is a special honour bestowed upon a musician with 15–20 years of continuous music experience.
He played with the Strollers Band, El Dorados, Sweet Talks and Ahenfo Band before going solo. He recorded hit songs - “Moses”, “Juliana”, and “Angelina” amongst others. He has won many prestigious awards including the highlife song of the year at the 2003 Ghana Music Awards and also the lifetime achievement award at the Fontomfrom Evergreen Awards. He is married with seven children.
Crentsil's music has always been considered controversial but always makes the highest sales once it hits the market.
Crentsil resorts to various themes and antics to convey his message with appropriate proverbs where necessary and that always strikes a listener to appreciate his music
Renowned Gospel duo, Tagoe Sisters made up of Lydia Dedei Yawson Nee Tagoe and Elizabeth Korkoi Tagoe were born on July 27th in the 1960’s.
The first stirrings of their musical career began at the age of five in Dunkwa-On-Offin, when they would often accompany their mum to the farm to entertain her and themselves.
The twins started training as dressmakers at YMCA in Accra but went into singing after they performed during an Open Bible Crusade in Accra.
In 1987, Reverend Amoako took them along to a program in London and when they returned they released their first album a year later titled, Stay In My Heart.
They followed it with, Nyame Ye Kese in 1990. In the same year when they were returning to Accra from a crusade in Takoradi, they had a fatal accident between Mankessim and Apam and they lost spiritual leader Rev. Amoako. But they met Reverend Yawson at the Harvesters Evangelistic Ministries All Pastors and Evangelist Conference (APRICON) and that set the twins on another course.
Rev Yawson started writing their songs and two years later they came out with Yesu Be Ye Ama Wo, and followed with Manya Yesu (1994), Anka Matete (1996) and Watua Maka in (2000).
Their exciting music has traveled all over the world transcending cultural and political barriers, leaving joy and inspirations wherever they performed. The two-part style of singing and the occasional injections of the two-part harmony have come to stay, and other gospel duos and trios have picked that style.
In 1992, they released the hit song "Yeedi Nkunim", which became the cheer song for the victorious Black Starlets in 1991 and 1995 CAF/World Cup Under-17 games, winsome Black Stars group of Senegal 1992 cup of Nations and Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games. It then followed with hit tracks like "Manya Yesu" in 1994, and "Anka Matete", in 1997. They won ECRAG Best Gospel album in 1991, ACRAG Best Gospel album 1995, Ebony awards 1996, COGSA best song (female category), Kokomba Awards, North America Award, amongst others.
According to the twins, God is using them to set people free from their troubles, sin, mending hearts, inspiring and encouraging people to believe in the Lord and above all, reach out to the poor and needy bringing them hope and closer to the Almighty. In 2006, they released, Eto Betwa.
They are the founders of “Tagoe Twin Foundation (TTF)” - a non-profit organization aimed at giving a helping hand to improve the quality lives and advancing the right of needy twins, and nursing and post-natal mothers.