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.
“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
|04/06/17||Ata Kak in Amsterdam, NL||Amsterdam Open Air|
|16/06/17||Ata Kak in Reykjavik, IS||Secret Solstice|
|17/06/17||Ata Kak in Kriens, CH||B-Sides Festival|
|24/06/17||Ata Kak in Rotterdam, NL||Annabel|
|25/08/17||Ata Kak in Marrakech, MA||Atlas Electronic Festival|
|01/09/17||Ata Kak in Fort Punta Christo, Pula, HR||Dimensions Festival|
|08/09/17||Ata Kak in Stockholm, SE||Fasching|
|09/09/17||Ata Kak in Saintes, FR||Coconut Music Festival|
|15/09/17||Ata Kak in Paris, FR||Smmmile Festival|
|23/06/18||Ata Kak in Somerset, UK||Glastonbury Festival||(West Holts Stage)|