Awesome Tapes From Africa to (Re)Issue Ata Kak’s, Obaa Sima!

Thee appropriately named blog turned label, Awesome Tapes From Africa, is readying the first reissue of Ata Kak’s sole release, Obaa Sima. Actually, to call it a reissue is somewhat misleading. The recording was released at an unknown date (assumed to be late 80’s-early 90’s) in a cassette only edition of 50, in Ghana. Not much of a chance for the outside world to stumble upon it; enter, Awesome Tapes From Africa. As the name suggests, label head, Brian Shimkovitz, has made it his mission to expose just these sorts of otherwise unheralded rhythms, to the world at large. The Ata Kak release is the result of a finally achieved decade plus quest to track down the artist, and it represents ATFA’s biggest release to date, with cassette, cd, digital file and vinyl all being produced.
Maybe if I had a broader knowledge of that era of African music, I could bring up some comparisons and references, but as it stands, Ata Kak’s style is truly something unique. He sings/raps at a tongue twisting pace and often in a manner in which he sounds as though a DJ is cutting up his vocals. The female backing vocals are like Venusian transmissions from an old radio broadcast of the Andrews Sisters: truly out of this world and lovely. The music is essentially Hip-House with Ghanian influences, which just makes the precedings all the more bizarre. Of all the interesting oddities that ATFA have disseminated, Ata Kak, has received the most “WTF is this?” response and rightly so. If you’re into exploring the rare and original sounds from across the globe, I highly recommend checking it out. Release date is March 3rd, but give it a listen here and now.


One response to “Awesome Tapes From Africa to (Re)Issue Ata Kak’s, Obaa Sima!

  1. This, along with that second Marijata record have been my most two anticipated reissues of the past five years. So looking forward to this. Hope he didn’t clean up the tracks much. That one guy who attempted to master it on youtube did a really horrible job.

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