Ghanaian musician Ata Kak self-released the Obaa Sima cassette in 1994. It's an exuberant if low-fi mix of rap (in the Twi-language), high life, and electro-funk that still doesn't sound quite like anything else. It went mostly unnoticed at the time but Awesome Tapes From Africa fell in love with the cassette, tracked down the enigmatic artist behind it and were finally able to officially reissue Obaa Sima in 2015. (ATFA's Brain Shimkovitz says Ata Kak was what inspired him to start the blog.) You can listen to that, and watch a Red Bull Music Academy-produced documentary short about him, below.

Since his rediscovery, Ata Kak has been performing again, too, with a London-based band, having played Glastonbury, Sonar, End of the Road and other international festivals. He'll play the 2020 Treefort Music Festival in Boise, ID, which is part of his first-ever U.S. tour that also includes stops in Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, NYC, Cleveland and Chicago.

The NYC show happens April 3 at Pioneer Works and tickets go on sale Friday, December 13 at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.


Ata Kak - 2020 Tour Dates
March 21 - Lodge Room, Los Angeles, CA [co-presented by dublab]
March 23 - Mississippi Studio, Portland, OR
March 24 - The Crocodile, Seattle, WA
March 26 - 29 - Treefort Music Festival, Boise, ID
March 30 - The Chapel, San Francisco, CA
April 03 - Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, NY
April 04 - Mahalls, Cleveland, OH
April 06 - Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL

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