Ata Kak

By admin • • 23 Dec 2021

Ata Kak

Singer, Rapper w/ Band – Kumasi, GH

For the past several years, Ata Kak, the mysterious Ghanaian electronic/rap/highlife icon who kick-started the whole Awesome Tapes From Africa phenomenon, has been touring the world performing high-octane live shows with his band. Following the worldwide re-release of his iconic 1994 tape Obaa Sima, Yaw Atta-Owusu cut a path across Europe and the UK with his critically-acclaimed first performances in 2016.

Finally, with his first US tour scheduled for this Spring, Ata Kak and his band will return to the world’s stages in 2022. They’ve already played nearly every major European music festival a band could dream of, including Sonár, Glastonbury, Field Day, Flow Festival and Dimensions. From Italy to Iceland to Morocco to Australia, Ata Kak has taken his music to audiences beyond anyone’s expectations when the original songs were recorded in his Toronto apartment over 20 years ago.

The music on the inimitable 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 Awesome Tapes From Africa founder Brian Shimkovitz 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 Magazine

Ghanaian singer Ata Kak won over an afternoon crowd at the West Holts stage, playing with the vim of a man who has experienced obscurity and success and knows which he prefers…he rapped at pace over a hypnotic funk groove, a beguiling contrast in tempo.” — Financial Times

Ata Kak live at Flow Festival
Ata Kak documentary
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