Ata Kak


Obaa Sima” “Moma Yendodo” “Yemmpa Aba” from Obaa Sima

A Ghanaian highlife singer gone horribly right, Ata Kak is a visionary. He spits serious rhymes, waxes romantic, and issues lo-fi digital quick-shrieks, listen specifically to the chorus of “Moma Yendodo.”

I posted this tape earlier, but these songs are so ridiculously sweet, I invite you to listen (again). Here you’ve got the comeplete “Moma Yendodo” (the first time I posted it was not the entire track).

It sounds so home-made funky yet spooky, like a warped Prince protege from Africa by way of 1986 Chicago.

30 responses to “Ata Kak”

  1. The Obaa Sima link is not working. I’m going to send you also a cassette tape that I bought years ago that is Swahili women from Tanzania. Excellent.

  2. thursdayborn says:

    that link should be working…


  3. Jesse says:

    OK, that was great. He reminds me a little of Gyedu Blay-Ambolley. You can get a couple more of his tracks at

    Also, did you know that you got a writeup in an alt-weekly? It’s at

  4. Malam Bala says:

    excellent stuff, reminds me very much to another ghanaian artist called
    SAM T.

  5. thursdayborn says:

    who’s Sam T and where can we find his cassettes?

  6. Thank you for your fantastic blog!

    I really love most of the music you post (and mentioned/linked you in my last post about Ghanas loss to Brazil yesterday).

  7. cherbonsy says:

    This is so incredibly incredible. Should you have the chance to post more from Aka Kak’s cassette I’d be eternally grateful.

  8. Anonymous says:

    could you please re-post the files? the links are not working, but I’d really like to hear this stuff! thanks!

  9. oskar says:

    please please re-post. been looking for ata kak allover the internet with no succes.. so please.. great blogg by the way!

  10. lover says:

    Hello! I love your site… absolutely – love – this site.

    I vote it as one of the most important online resources – Ever.

    Please if you get a chance, post Ata Kak again or any of his other music. It is shit hot.

  11. Chek says:

    i’m gunna add my voice – PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE OH GOD PLEASE re-post these.

    Your blog is splitting my head completely open.

  12. Ben says:

    Those of you looking for these tracks, search Ata Kak on

  13. Nik says:

    Hey, I agree with all the other comments on the greatness of this stuff. Never heard of before! Only things is: could you please, please re-post at a better bit rate???? I so wan tto DJ this tuff out and 128 just won’t do! Thanks

  14. Anonymous says:

    What a brilliant blog. People llike you are a credit to the internet

  15. Eddie says:

    I would love to get this but I don’t think the links work!!! Looks amazing….

  16. Anonymous says:

    This is eerily beautiful, quirky (to me at least) pop music; thank you.

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  25. Alex says:

    hey brian, did you ever write a story or such of how since you first got hold of the tape things evolved?

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