Atumpan has gone from strength in the Afro beats scene, he started doing reggae tracks then he mixed Afro beats with reggae. He is a phenomenal entertainer who is making his mark globally.
One of the best Afrobeats artists in Ghana, West Africa… Atumpan is a versatile artist who is very much influenced by urban trends in music, especially Caribbean dancehall and reggae. Atumpan which literally means The Talking Drum, is the name of a popular traditional African drum.
Atumpan is a strong pan-African, who believes that the only way African musicians can capture the attention of the world is to stay true to themselves as Africans, and reflect that through their music. His popular hit single ‘The Thing’ which had three nominations in the 2011 Vodafone Ghana music awards, demonstrates explicitly how he fuses his indigenous Ghanaian highlife style, with funky house, garage and techno flavours.
His songs Moyerh afrikana, Music is Life, Let’s take a ride, Mad Bad, Ago Give You, Ozimzim, Akonoba, Sisimuden just to mention a few, are of no exception. His love of dancehall music is exhibited in his songs, especially through his sensational add lip sing tune ‘Anyeeeeiii’ which runs through almost all his songs.
In his own words he says: “Even though I love dancehall music so much, my kind of dancehall is different and African.”
He has collaborated with the likes of Cabo Snoop, Ginalee, Sizzler Kalonji, VIP, Stay Jay, Dcryme, 4X4 and so on. He is officially signed to Bass 1 Entertainment but his smash hit song ‘THE THING’ was originally signed by the Ministry of Sounds in the UK.
“The Thing” which gained him nominations for Best New Artist of the year, Best Afropop Song of the Year, and Best Collaboration of the year in the 2012 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards.
In 2013, he was nominated for Best African Act in the Mobo Awards and also won the Best International Afrobeats Act in 2013 at the BEFFTA Awards. In 2014, he was also nominated for the Urban Music Awards for the Best African/Afrobeat Act along with Sarkodieh and Fuse ODG.