Darebaba.net: KORA ALL AFRICA MUSIC AWARD NOMINEES REVIEW.
His real name is Frank Elinam Cobbinah, but known among the music circle as Atumpan. He was born on the 24th of December 1983 and hails from Avenoron, in the Volta region of Ghana.
He had his basic education at Yaa Asantewaa M/A primary and junior secondary school at Kumasi in the Ashanti region and continued at Boa Amponsen Senior secondary school in the Central region of Ghana where he served as entertainment prefect.
In 2002, he gained admission into Wiawso College of Education where he trained as a professional teacher. With a diploma in Basic Education certificate, he taught as a professional teacher in Zion D/A primary school from 2005 till 2008.
In October same year, he gained admission into the University of Education, Winneba where he read a Bachelor’s degree course in Linguistics, majoring in English Language.
His stage name, Atumpan literally means “The talking drum”. Atumpan as an artiste, 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 focuses his indigenous Ghanaian highlife style with funky house and deep house techno flavours. His songs “moyerh Africana”, “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. Atumpan is a versatile artiste who is very much influenced by urban trends in music especially Caribbean dancehall and reggae. His love for dancehall music is exhibited especially through his sensational add lip sing tune, “anyeeeeeiii” which runs through almost all his songs. He has collaborated with the likes of Cabo Snoop, Donaeo, Lady Leshur, Sound Sultan, Ginolee, Sizzler Kalonji, Stag Jay, D Cryme, 4×4 and so on.
In August 2013, he was privileged to sign a deal with the popular British label, Ministry of Sound, which got him on various prestigious platforms including BBC 1Xtra, Trevor Nelson’s live lounge, 2013 Nottinghill Carnival and AMB/Capital Xtra Afrobeats festival at the popular summerset house and the popular O2 arena.
One thing which stands Atumpan out is despite his education and exposure he has bluntly refused to adapt 100% to the western life and culture, he believes so much in the African in him. Though he has featured a few western artiste, Atumpan believes so much in his culture. Do you think with this he could be voted the “Best Male Artiste in West Africa”? Let’s have your comment.
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