Nyabingi roots from Uganda

Some of you may have noticed that DOGU, who runs our label Switchstance Recordings, has been frequently travelling to East Africa within the last years and built up a strong network of artists and producers we work with. Our ZIK ZAK album is one of the results from these trips.

In 2019 DOGU organised the album recordings for the debut album by ugandan band Nilotika Cultural Ensemble at the studio of partner label East African Records in Kampala. The whole album was then mixed by KABANJAK and will be released by the end of October 2021.

The first upfront digital single “Jajja Alimuffe” is a gem of raw and unpolished ancient Ugandan Roots music. The music by the band is influenced by the heavy drumming of the Nyabingi movement that originates from Uganda and Rwanda but it also incorporates Reggae and Hip Hop. This fusion of ancient and modern sounds gives a unique sound to the music by Nilotika Cultural Ensemble.

“Jajja Alimuffe” already gained great international support by Republik Kalakuta Radio Show on Colour 3 in Switzerland, Laurent Garnier in France, fRoots Magazine as well as AfroBase Radioshow on Radio Reverb / Totallyradio.com in the UK and on one of the best African Music radio shows and blogs, Afropop Worldwide from the US.

Here you can stream or download the single:


You can click on the band photo below to read the whole article on the Afropop Worldwide blog: