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The globalized sound of Afrobeats has a new star for the summer, in the shape of Atumpan:
‘I want to put Ghana on the musical map properly’ says Atumpan (pronounced A-Tum-Pine) who comes from the ‘hottest scene in the UK right now…a 21st melting pot of western rap influence and contemporary Ghanaian and Nigerian pop music’ (Guardian).
While the scene’s last major breakout star D’Banj hailed from Nigeria, Atumpan is representing for Nigeria’s West African neighbour Ghana.
In Africa, ‘The Thing’ was released 2 years ago, growing to classic status. Atumpan’s face is recognised everywhere from Cape Town to Bamako on that continent, as well as being a show-stopping moment at Afrobeats raves in London. Now signed to Ministry of Sound, Atumpan has set his sights on success across the world. He grew up listening to Western stars with global roots like Wyclef or Bob Marley, not to mention the success of UK stars with African roots like Tinie Tempah or Tinchy Stryder, who are as popular in Accra or Abuja as they are in London.
With it’s irrepressible, irresistible blend of a hiplife beat, UK funky energy and house sounds ‘The Thing’ has hot summer anthem written all over it.
Released on Carnival weekend this August with a club-wise re-version by American house and garage legend Todd Edwards, the UK should get ready to sway to the brand new sound of Africa.
Atumpan – The Thing (Todd Edwards Remix)