Awesome Tapes From Africa reissue Ghanaian singer Ata Kak

Way back in the heady summer of 2013, we lost our shit for an ecstatic jam by Ghanaian highlife artist Ata Kak.

‘Daa Nyinaa’ was dug up by ethnomusicologist Brian Shimkovitz, who runs the Awesome Tapes From Africa blog, and was given a bassy edit by producer Noema and released as part of a compilation called African Shakedown. Shimkovitz has since been on the trail of Ata Kak – a BBC Radio 4 documentary traced his search – and he finally tracked him down more than 12 years after first buying the cassette copy in Cape Coast, Ghana.

As RA reports, “Google and endless phone calls provided no leads” in the search, but he eventually discovered that the singer, real name Yaw Atta-Owusu, had recorded Obaa Sima in Toronto before moving back to Ghana in 2006.

Only about 50 copies of the original tape were produced, and Atta-Owusu’s master DAT had disintegrated, so the second-hand copy bought by Shimkovitz in 2002 was used as the source for the reissue. The seven-track Obaa Sima will be available in vinyl and digital formats on March 3. [via RA]

Update, March 2: You can stream Obaa Sima in full (for one week only) in the player below. [via Noisey]



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