Preview: Red Bull Music Academy Festival with Ata Kak @ Corsica Studios (London, 20th October 2016)

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The Red Bull Music Academy Festival, happening in the UK this autumn, is bringing African rhythms to Corsica Studios on Thursday 20th October.

 This year marks the 10th year anniversary of Awesome Tapes From Africa, the blog-turned-label founded in 2006 by New York ethnomusicologist Brian Shimkovitz, and to celebrate in style, it is bringing Ata Kak, Ghanian highlife sensation, to South London for a live performance.

Ata Kak is actually one of the reasons ATFA was born. His album Obaa Sima, released on cassette in 1994, enchanted Shimkovitz to the point he created the label, partly to re-release the album and share it with the world.

His performance will be followed by DJ sets by DJ Katapila, who makes Ga traditional music using electronic sounds instead of live percussion, and Debonair, East Londoner famous for his funk and soul reworks. New Yorker DJ Richard will be playing a 5-hour live set in the neighbouring room.

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