16/02/2021: “Obaa Sima” by Ata Kak

This song could have been nothing. Its original, limited release in Ghana went completely under the radar. Yet, by chance, the song was picked up by Brian Shimkovitz – who covered it as the first song on his now legendary Awesome Tapes From Africa.

Let’s not sugar coat the vocals. They range from ‘passionate’ to fairly dire. But it’s not enough to dent that amazing, old school lo-fi house groove.

The song was forward looking, blending African pop sounds with the music Ata Kak was exposed to in Toronto. It’s a mash up of hip hop and house, using simple, Nintendo style chords. Somehow, it just works!

Released originally in 1994, the track has since become a cult favourite.