ATONGO ZIMBA



Go to  Barefoot in the sand
Go to Barefoot in the sand


Atongo Zimba
Singer from Ghana

  • Singer and koliko/molo player (two-stringed calabash lute)
  • Atongo sings in Frafra, Pidgin English, Hausa, Twi and Ga.
  • Born the savannahs of northern Ghana's Bolgatanga region in 1967
  • Was several years opening act of Fela Kuti in the Kuti Shrine in Lagos, Nigeria
  • Atongo played with Manu Dibango, Hugh Masekela, Francis Fuster, Angelique Kidjo, Osibisa e.g.
  • First album "Allah Mongode" and first European tour: 1994
  • Nr. 1 hit: No Beer In Heaven (2004 in Ghana)
  • Int. release: Barefoot in the sand (October 2007)
  • Nominated African CD of the Year 2007 by Amsterdam television
  • Atongo Zimba in front of over 40.000 spectators in Amsterdam, Holland.

 

The Story of the Ghanian singing cowboy Atongo

 

Atongo Zimba on Wikipedia (Francais)


Go to Savannah Breeze
Go to Savannah Breeze

 


Atongo Zimba, born in Ghana's Bolgatanga region in 1967 gained first fame as he was for a year and a half the openingact at the Shrine shows of Fela Kuti in Lagos, Nigeria. Big mural of Atongo at the entrance of the Kumasi Central Market.He returned to Ghana to play at the PANAFEST (Pan African Festival of Arts and Culture) and he played and toured with great African musicians as Hugh Masekela, Manu Dibango, Osibisa, Francis Fuster, Jimmy Beckley's Afro-Jazz Combo and Angelique Kidjo, to mention just a few.

Atongo recorded his first album "Allah Mongode" in 1994 in Switzerland and that same year he went on his first European tour, soon followed by a second tour, that brought Atongo to Spain and Germany.

In 1996 Atongo has a special guest appearance on the Crusade album of Ghana’s most popular reggae singer Rocky Dawunin (the hitsong "Conqueror”).

But Atongo worked as well in collaborations with John Collins, the world renowned musicologist.

Atongo moved to London in 2003 to play in the award-winning UK production of Kwame Kwei-Armah's theatre play "Elmina's Kitchen" and performed with The Shrine Synchro System.

Producer and arranger Sultan Makendé (aka Dave Yowell, co-producer of the legendary Captain Yaba album, recorded in 2004 for Hippo Records the album that gained Atonga Zimba the international recognition he deserved: Savannah Breeze.

This Afro-fusionalbum was lauched at the 2005 Womad festival. It caught the attention of DJ Rita Ray and Savannah Breeze got great exposure on BBC's "Africa On Your Street."

Savannah Breeze moves effortlessly through a variety of grooves. - See the Atongo reviews

At the moment Atongo's version of the polka classic "No Beer In Heaven" was a major hit in Ghana, he made an European Savannah Breeze-tour.

This tour is filmed and directed by Kingsley K. Ottopah, also the maker of the clip of "No Beer", both concerts and clip released on a that great DVD.

The release of his new album "Barefoot in the Sand" took place during the Womex 2007 and was followed with the nomination cd of the year 2007.

At the moment there is another documentary released about this Great Ghanian Singing Star.


ATONGO DISCOGRAPHY

The Atongo CD's on the European, Asian, African and American market

THE AFRICAN MARKET

No less than 16 musicassettes of Atongo Zimba were released in several African countries. One of the best selling African titles was the MC Combination, recorded by Atongo and Nana Yaw Wiredu in 1996, at Kays Frequency Studio, Accra, Ghana with Ken Addyere and Nana Nyarko Ackah Yensu as producers.

This Q&A Production is probably one of the best known African MCs. It had the song 'Womba' on it. The in this song more rapping than singing Atongo hit the charts in the summer of that year and Womba was heard on radio, TV, clubs and on the streets all over Africa.

This MC made its way to the collection of the Smithonian Institute! The vocals and 'Kokake' of Atongo Zimba are backed by guitarists Ralph Karkari, Chris Turkson and Svend Hulthin, on keyboard Hanstorg 'Bobby' Hess, the trumpetplayer is Jackson Dela, Sax by Osbone Kwame Boateng, Kojo Owusu-Artwi on bass and the backing vocals of Margaret Gbinde, Deede, Nana Yaw Wiredu and T.J. Amartey. The artwork was by lsaac Boye-Amasah.Musicasette Sana Menga

  • 1992 - Maata kaffa gouda
  • 1993 - Tinannure
  • 1994 - Allah mongode (also on CD)
  • 1996 - Atongo Zimba and Nana Yaw Wiredu
  • 1997 - Mbiisebara mbosana
  • 1998 - Amina
  • 1999 - Tarma ngmekeema
  • 2000 - Ba wa yele
  • 2001 - Jambolo
  • 2002 - Akupelegu
  • 2003 - Bungta coude
  • 2003 - Ba wa yele (re-release)
  • 2004 - Savannah Breeze (also on CD and DVD)
  • 2005 - Weri wa Dane
  • 2005 - Sana Menga
  • 2006 - Womba (Greatest Hits vol. 2)
  • 2007 - Barefoot in the Sand (also on CD)

 

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