Ata Kak // Obaa Sima

This was the tape that started it all and gave birth to the logically named label/blog Awesome Tapes From Africa.

The first listen for me was a unique but instantly engaging experience. Its just not the kind of music that I’d come across before. Stuttering drum machined beats, punchy synths and endless hypnotic looping serve as the basis for Ata Kak’s ridiculously dextrous lyrical twists and turns. As the track builds he is joined by female backing singers in a call and answer patter than reminds me of some of William Onyeabors stranger moments. Its a really fascinating listen and, although I don’t understand the lyrics, its bursting with energy and positivity.

Is it Afro-house? Hiplife? I don’t really know but I’m looking forward to digging deeper and learning more. You’ve got to admire the dedication and sleuthing that has given birth to this reissue. Its not just on tape anymore.

Ollie

 

Yaaba Funk // Gyae Me Na Mendwen

Some Brixton based Afrobeat for today to get you up, energised and dancing. The whole album is superb and features a few guest spots from Genre Confused favourites and Brownswood signed Owiny Sigome Band. Unfortunately there is not much on Soundcloud but you can catch the full track and album on Spotify.

Get dancing.

Ollie

 

 

C. K. Mann & his Carousel 7 // Beebi A Odo Wo

 

Another gem brought to us by crate-digger extraordinaire Mr Bongo. Straight out of Ghana C. K. Mann delivers a big hit of Highlife fused with Latin-jazz elements and some soul for good measure. Although you can’t go wrong with some afrobeat its worth digging into Ghana’s alternative and there is no better place to start than the ‘King of Highlife‘ and his Carousel 7. Can’t fail to put a smile on your face.

Ollie.