Ata Kak

Booking Info

Territory: Europe
Links: Soundcloud / Awesome Tapes from Africa


Ata Kak is the mysterious Ghanaian electronic/rap/highlife icon who kick-started the whole Awesome Tapes From Africa phenomenon. After a long wait he has started is to perform his first ever shows in Europe with a full live band.

Ata Kak’s Obaa Sima cassette fell on deaf ears when it was first self-released in Ghana in 1994 but when American musicologist Brian Shimkovitz stumbled upon the tape at a street stall in Cape Coast, Ghana eight years later it became the stimulus for him to launch his Awesome Tapes from Africa blog, writing in his inaugural post: ‘This is it. The song is called Moma Yendodo. You may never hear anything like this elsewhere. No one I know in Ghana listens to this frenetic leftfield rap madness.’

The music on the recording – an amalgam of highlife, Twi-language rap, funk, hip-hop and electronica – traverses a pop music landscape that encapsulates international modes while reflecting contemporary Ghanaian music of the period. Presented with the sweaty passion of a Prince record and the lo-fi recording charm of early Chicago house music, Obaa Sima’s joyous soul and casual brilliance made the enigmatic Ata Kak an underground internet sensation and a party-starter the world over. After more than a decade of searching Brian finally tracked down the singer and released the LP officially in March 2015.


Press Quotes

Its positive shine, relentless energy, and alien earworm choruses feel like a portal to an alternate reality, where the sounds of South Africa’s Shangaan electro, Mali’s Balani Show, Syria’s dabke, British grime, and Portuguese kuduro all sweat together” – FACT #1 Reissue 2015

Tour Dates

19/04/17 Ata Kak in London, UK Jazz Cafe
21/04/17 Ata Kak in Berlin, DE Hebbel Am Ufer 1
22/04/17 Ata Kak in Mannheim, DE Jetztmusik Festival
23/04/17 Ata Kak in Prestatyn, UK Safe as Milk Festival
26/04/17 Ata Kak in Cologne, DE Gewoelbe
27/04/17 Ata Kak in Amsterdam, NL Oranje Bloesem
28/04/17 Ata Kak in St Gallen, CH Palace
04/06/17 Ata Kak in Amsterdam, NL Amsterdam Open Air
17/06/17 Ata Kak in Kriens, CH B-Sides Festival
24/08/17 - 27/08/17 Ata Kak in Marrakech, MA Atlas Electronic Festival
30/08/17 - 03/09/17 Ata Kak in Fort Punta Christo, Pula, HR Dimensions Festival




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