Ata Kak – Sounds from Ghana

Having first unearthed the Ghanian highlife artist Ata Kak’s super tune ‘Daa Nyinaa’ on a cassette whilst crate digging in the Cape Coast, Ghana, niche blogger (check out the very excellent Awesome Tapes From Africa) Brian Shimkovitz embarked on a 12 year search to track down the man behind the tune.

The long search led him to discover that the singer, real name Yaw Atta-Owusu, had been in Canada when the track was recorded and that only 50 copies were ever pressed. With no master to work from, the cassette he’d purchased had to act as the source for all future editions.

Re-released on 3 March, Obaa Sima, is available to buy now (LP, CD, MP3).