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Ata Kak – “Obaa Sima” – [Awesome Tapes From Africa]

Thurston Hunger   5/29/2015   12-inch, International

The tale of the tape, is just as awesome as the tape itself.
Liner notes talk of tracking Yaw Atta-Owusu around the globe
from his homeland of Ghana, where ATFA label leader Brian
Shimkovitz first heard these sounds on cassette, to Germany
and Canada and finally back to Ghana. Ata Kak (little twin,
as Yaw is a twin) has a delivery that feels familiar to
old school rap devotees, he gets some sweetly simple
back-ground female vocals (the mighty Lucy Quansah in
dubbed triplicate) and Ata Kak just punctuates the beat
with his Twi (a Ghanian dialect) language styling. Inserting
some hah-hahs, and other rapid fire syllables. My American
ears would squeeze English inappropriately but still fun
out of these songs. Backing music is pretty cheesy R&B
riffs, light Chic guitar and loads of synth. The background
vocals feel like they come with dance moves on “Medofo”
and “Moma Yendodo” the latter, I swear the girls are
saying, “Put me on the door” and Ata Kak is busting a
Scoobie Doobie Doo move. “Yemmpa Aba” seems like its
pitched past the speed limit, and there’s some “funky”
business going on, and a jump around hyperactivity.
“Bome Nnwom” is a dizzy instro, breathless and vocalless,
with some quick swipes at psuedo-scratches. An A+ for an
OG (Originally Ghanian) B-Boy!
-Thurston Hunger

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