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:
We would like to introduce to you Nilotika Cultural Ensemble from Kampala / Uganda. The 14-piece band was also featured on our last album “ZIK ZAK” and now our label Switchstance Recordings and their Ugandan partner label East African Records will release their debut album “Nyabingi Resurrection by end of October.
Here is their video for the song “Ghetto People”.
To stream the single please click the cover below:
You can buy MP3, WAV, AIFF or FLAC files of “Ghetto People” here:
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.
It is official now: After 15 months of closed clubs and bars we are happy to announce that DOGU will head over to Uganda in 3 weeks to play at the Ruua Ruua Festival in northern Uganda. This is the 3rd edition of the festival and it is limited to 350 visitors due to the Covid-19 situation. The festival is outside at the beautiful Aruu Falls campsite in the Pader Disctrict and it got all legal papers and government authorizations to do the event.
After this festival DOGU will travel to Lira (also in the north of Uganda) to meet with producer and singer Brazen Rule again to finish the album that they started together. Then by end of June he will go back to the capital city Kampala to meet with Spyda MC and his Cypher Kabaka crew to record vocals for the Ancient Astronauts meet Cypher Kabaka album “Tales From Buganda” this is planned for the end of 2021 / early 2022.
this year we are celebrating the 20th anniversary of our label Switchstance Recordings. Who would have thought of us being still around after 20 years? Well, we are here and we are happy about it. And the label is and our music is getting stronger and stronger.
There are so many projects we are working on and we are super thrilled to finish them and present them to the world. DOGU, who runs Switchstance Recordings, will release the debut album by Nyabingi Rasta crew Nilotika Cultural Ensemble from Uganda which will be mixed by Kabanjak. And within that band there are 6 Hip Hop Mc´s that rhyme like there is no tomorrow. Their Hip Hop crew is called BA Cypher Kabaka. One of these MC´s you already know from our new album ZIK ZAK, his name is Spyda MC.
For the end of the year we have a new label compilation planned which will feature brand new music from our artists.
But to celebrate anniversary right now DOGU has put together a Spotify playlist that showcases the highlights of the past 20 years. Here it is:
Today is the release day of our single “We Are To Answer”. Some of you might wonder about the song name cause it is the same as our debut album from 2009 that came out on ESL Music.
This song was initially meant to be the title track of the album but then didn´t make it on the final tracklist. Then it got lost in the depth of Kabanjak´s Evergreen Studio and was rediscovered just a few years ago. Maybe some of you guys know if from Soundcloud cause it was a free download there for a couple of years.
Now we thought it is the right time to give it an official release. The artwork for it was done by brazilian artist OBERAS, who also created a cool video of him creating the artwork.
Click the link below if you want to stream or buy the song:
DOGU is back with the march edition of the Switchstance Reggae Radio show. Come check out the show with music by Bunny Wailer, Saah Karim & Mighty Redeemer, Dillinger, Mungo´s Hi-Fi, Richie Foe, Blackout Ja, Linval Thompson and much more:
We are living in serious times since Covid-19 hit the world hard. And even one year after its arrival there is still no real end in sight. All bets are on the vaccinations now and the hope that normal life comes back when most of the earth´s population got it. But will this be enough?
People are frustrated, all talk is about home office or the re-opening of schools and stores. But the last sector of society to re-open is the cultural one. There are millions and millions of artists, musicians, actors, sound technicians, bar tenders, dj´s, vj´s, light technicians and so many more that are nearly receiving any help. Here in Germany, in one of the richest countries in the world, it feels like a big slap in your face to see multinational corporations receiving millions in help from taxpayer money while still paying out billions in dividents to their share holders. Where are those millions of help for the cultural sector? Politicians love bragging with culture and the creative sector but when it needs real help then their actions show that it is not of systemic importance to them.
This pandemic has a big psychological impact on people´s minds and souls that cannot be underestimated. It´s heavy shit. But we can overcome this dark state of mind by challenging it with positivity and spiritual upliftment.
DOGU of Ancient Astronauts is here to help. He uses music as a weapon to fight the depression. His new dj mix “Wake Up And Live” serves as a celebration of life in it´s purest form. Spring time is coming and summer will soon follow, so let´s celebrate their arrival and feed our brains and souls with positive and uplifting music. His mix is full of conscious messages, thick grooves and heavy beats and riddims. It is a hommage to Mama Africa, the Black Lives Matter movement and the cultural wealth of planet earth.
Let us all stand together as ONE and not let this pandemic divide us.