From now til Christmas we will be running an artist profile feature called ‘Stories From The City’, profiling all of the artists on the bill for Field Day 2016.
First up – Ata Kak
The very nexus of Brian Shimkowitz’s blog/now label Awesome Tapes From Africa, Ata Kak’s 1994 album Obaa Sima was given the full release treatment recently, making the brilliant fusion of Ghanaian hip hop and electro available to the masses.
Shimkowitz was inspired to start the Awesome Tapes From Africa blog by the track ‘Moma Yendondo’ which was his first post. He began “This is it. The song is called ‘Moma Yendodo’. You may never hear anything like this elsewhere. I bought this on the street from a guy selling tapes displayed on one of those big, vertical wooden racks in Cape Coast, Ghana. No one I know in Ghana listens to this frenetic leftfield rap madness.”
And madness it is, but madness so well constructed and catchy that it’s impossible not to sit up and pay attention. As more of the tracks surfaced online, the call for a full release grew louder and in turn, so did the call for live shows, and we’re thrilled to have Ata Kak over for his first UK live performance.
We can’t wait for this!Listen