Once obscure, now the stuff of legend Ata Kak’s infectious dance music gets even more exposure here. Daa Nyinaa was recorded way back in 1993 and more than stands up for itself in the current electronic climate. Packed with repetitive melodies. Out on 12” vinyl from Awesome Tapes From Africa.
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Ata Kak’s tunes are special because they suspend belief. They make us forget about our need for a high fidelity dance, their muddy production quality generating a more intimate type of trance music. Take “Daa Nyinna”, the first of two cuts on this new 12”: the Casios sound antiquated but their melody timeless, echoing the classics of Madonna with incredulous vocals and greater, house-infused stamina. When the harmonies kick in, though, it sounds like a private party, one granted for the two or three people listening in. It’s lo-fi, but it’s the most exclusive dance party you’ll ever go to.
“Daa Nyinna” has a cunning melodic combination going on, with a wonderfully unhinged vocal line coupled to sparkling synth. Ata Kak’s music is hypnotic but not overtly repetitive, utilising bait-and-switch tactics to keep its listener/dancer pining for the bit of music that isn’t playing. On the flip, a skittering hi-hat ushers in a funky instrumental tune that should fit snugly into any club night. I don’t know, I go to shows, and I can’t dance -- but this is gleeful and strangely personal music.
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