today is the release of our new remix for Ugandan Nyabingi band Nilotika Cultural Ensemble. We are huge fans of this band whose debut album was released by DOGU on his label Switchstance Recordings in cooperation with East African Records in Kampala / Uganda. This is mellow groover with a Boom Dub touch that underlines the dope vocals of Spyda MC.
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DOGU is back with the June episode of Switchstance Radio. Check out his 2 hour selection of brand new Hip Hop, Trip Hop, Funk, Jazz, Soul and Afrobeat releases to get your groove on for a hot summer.
The show features music by Danger Mouse & Black Thought, Core Fields, Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad & The Midnight Hour, Butcher Brown & Michael Millions, DJ Revolution & Planet Asia, Fly Anakin, Quakers & Sampa The Great, The Duke Massive, K.O.G., Zretro and many more:
DOGU was travelling in East Africa in March together with Ugandan singers C Wyne Nalukalala and Ras Tizzo Kalalankoma for their SHINE YOUR LIGHT short tour in Kenya. Here is a short clip from their gig at Jamdown Shafflas TV in Nairobi where they bring the FIRE:
DOGU is back with the may 2022 edition of Switchstance Radio. It features new music by Nilotika Cultural Ensemble, Dubmatix, I-Cient-Cy Mau & The Mau Mau Warriors, Linval Thompson, Mutabaruka, Autarchii, Cpt. Yossarian vs. Kapelle So & So, Hummingbird, Ras Tizzo Kalalankoma & DJ Moocha, Maxi Priest & Macka B and many more:
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.
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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.