Today was the world premiere of a movie documentation on REGGAEVILLE about Nilotika Cultural Ensemble from Uganda. The debut album “Nyabingi Resurrection” was mixed by Kabanjak and the music of the band follows the ancient tradition of the Nyabingi movement in East Africa. The movie documentation gives background information to the music of Nilotika Cultural Ensemble and the culture behind it.
This is a piece of important history about East African resistance to colonialism and the influence of the Nyabingi movement on the Rastafari movement on Jamaica.
To watch the movie click the photo of the Nilotika band above or click the button below:
Here is part one of the Gulu Reggae Session from DOGU´s latest trip to Uganda back in November 2021. Much love to the Wer Waa Festival crew for the invitation and hospitality at the Wer Waa village. Big up di man DJ Crazymind for the video edit!
2017 was the year when DOGU met singer and producer Brazen Rule for the first time when he was part of the Rhythm Is Life 2017 tour in northern Uganda. As a result of that meeting Brazen recorded the lyrics of “Bad Muje” for the final free download compilation of the Rhythm Is Life 2017 tour. This version of “Bad Muje” was recorded to a beat by Ancient Astronauts and Poldoore and it was only available through Bandcamp.
As Switchstance Recordings is celebrating it´s 20th anniversary this year we decided to re-do “Bad Muje” and give it a new twist, a new riddim. And we did. And we love it a lot. This new version got an official release now and we hope you guys enjoy as much as we do. The first version from the Rhythm Is Life 2017 compilation became a big hit in northern Uganda and since then people call Brazen Rule the “Bad Muje” where ever he goes. Let´s see how they will react to this new version.
To listen to the song please click the cover above or the button below:
20 years ago DOGU aka Thomas Katongole-Strauch started Switchstance Recordings in our home town Moers / Germany. Since then the label has released all our music by Ancient Astronauts and lots of music by fellow artists Kabanjak, DJ Brace, Protassov, Deela, Muito Kaballa, Astroboter, Enrique Nicolas Noviello, Fat Albert Einstein, Void Pedal and more.
The new label compilation “DOPE BEATS for DOPE PEEPS” highlights the dopest releases of the Switchstance artist roster from the past 20 years. And it features great artists such as Akua Naru, Martin Perna (Antibalas / Ocote Soul Sounds), Hugo Kant, Raashan Ahmad and more.
we hope all of you are doing fine. We would like to announce the release of a remix of our song “Pump Up The Sound” featuring Ugandan songstress Bani Fyah. Greek Reggae producer Professor Skank laid his hands on our song to give it some deep, sound system tested remix treatment for the dancehall. This is heavy soundbow biznizz for all the Reggae dancefloors worldwide.
Click the cover artwork below to check out the remix:
Our label Switchstance Recordings and its partner label East African Records just released the 3rd single by Ugandan Nyabingi band Nilotika Cultural Ensemble called “Oli Kibun´omu”.
It is a sweet poem in the Luganda language of the Baganda people in Uganda. The song is performed by the honey-toned Nsonga who sings to a hypnotic bass adungu rhythm, with the sweet harmonies of the Nilotika vocal choir and the massive percussion rhythm of the whole band.
To stream the song please click the cover above or the link below:
Here some selected international feedback for the single:
“Precioso.”Cassette Blog (MX)
“Bravo” LA VUELTA AL MUNDO EN 80 MUSICAS Radioshow (ES)
“Beautiful”Miss Prebo Show (Radio Krimi / FR)
“Just simply stunning X.” Ketch A Vibe Radioshow (UK)
“!!!!”Jeremy Sole (KCRW Radio / US)
“Its that Adungu providing the rhythm, the soft lead vocals and the nyabingi rhythms that hit the spot. Add the vocal choir and the trumpet and its a grand affair for a lazy day. Sweet.” Afrobase Radio (Radio Reverb / Totally Radio / UK)
“This series of Nilotika Cultural Ensemble releases is WONDERFUL. I have been playing these on my KEXP radio shows, and will soon play some of them in the clubs as venues open up again in my city.”Kid Hops (KEXP Radio / US)
“A refined Reggae, a lot of sobriety, very pleasant.”Reggae Radio Show (LaGrossRadio.com / FR)
“Wow. This is stunning. Thank you Switchstance for bringing this to the worlds attention.” Russ Jones (Hackney Globe Trotter / SOAS Radio / UK)
Our label Switchstance Recordings is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. KINKY REGGAE is a new label compilation that showcases the best Reggae songs that were released on Switchstance Recordings within the past 20 years.
Click the cover art to stream or download the album:
International feedback for KINKY REGGAE:
“Nice collection!“ Neil Perch (Zion Train / UK)
“Excellent release — Will playlist on my web Radio (PBB)” Laurent Garnier (FR)
“Really cool selection! Marci!“ Irieites.de Reggae Blog (DE)
“Muy bueno!“ Cassette Blog (MX)
“Nice collection of contemporary Reggae and Dancehall.” Daz-I-Kue (Bugz In The Attic UK)
“Thank you I’ll be playing these.” DJ Sep (Dub Missions SF / US)
“Congratulations ! Top selection.” Makossa (FM4 Radio / ORF / AT)
“Superbe sons !!!!” Jean-Marc Baehler (Republik Kalakuta Radio Show / Couleur 3 / CH)
“Cool tracks…” Rob Smith (Smith & Mighty / RSD / UK)
„A fine selection of dancehall vibrations!” Jay Scarlett (Sounds Supreme Radio / DE)
“Great compilation, and an awesome way to celebrate the milestone! Happy anniversary!!” The Pressure Drop Radio Show (CA)
“Awesome!” LA VUELTA AL MUNDO EN 80 MUSICAS Radioshow (ES)
“Solid material with love.“ Andreas Kinzl (Aromabar / AT)
“Greatest selection.” Double D (Funky Fresh Radio @ Radio X / DE)
“Hot selection!” Global Riddims Radio (BE)
“If it’s Switchstance you know it’s good.” Sista Selecta (The Roots & Reggae Show / 2bob Radio 104.7 / AU)
Switchstance Radio, hosted by DOGU of Ancient Astronauts, is back with the August 2021 edition. The 2 hours show features brand new music by Adrian Younge, Sa-Roc, Action Bronson, Nilotika Cultural Ensemble, Evidence (of Dilated Peoples), Roots Natty and many more.
Please click the radio logo below to stream and listen to the show: