ZIK ZAK is coming!

It´s been more than 3 years that we are working on our upcoming ZIK ZAK album. A whole album that is dedicated to young and fresh talent from all over Africa.

Africa is the birth place of civilisation and rhythm and the music from the black continent has always had a huge impact on us and our music. It was more than time to put the spotlight on the black continent. Hip Hop and Reggae are the 2 music styles in Africa that have the most impact on the streets and there is so much unknown talent out there. Conscious Hip Hop and Rasta Reggae is what we love, and exactly that´s what we will present on the ZIK ZAK album.

The first single will be released on the 2nd of October. It is called “Ziinga Zanram” and it features the rapper Art Melody from Burkina Faso. The song is all about self-consciousness and the goals that you want to achieve in life. Watch out fi dis!

New album with Ian Urbina

It´s been a while since our last album BROKEN PUPPETS in 2017. We are proud to announce the release of our new Ancient Astronauts album WE STAND OUR GROUND that we produced in collaboration with New York Times reporter and Pulitzer price winner Ian Urbina.

WE STAND OUR GROUND is inspired by Ian’s book The Outlaw Ocean which adresses high level crime and lawlessness in the international waters on the high seas.

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We Shall Overcome

Corona is still all over the place, some areas are still under severe lockdown and some countries or states are slowly opening up businesses, restaurants, cafes and more. Rumors have been coming up that numbers are rising again. Who knows how this will end? The answer is that nobody knows it right now. But one thing is for sure: WE SHALL OVERCOME

This is a new dj mix by Dogu which was recorded live on video for the Cologne Culture Stream, the online version of the C/O Pop Festival in Cologne / Germany on the 22nd of April 2020. It starts with a little teaser of the upcoming Ancient Astronauts album ZIK ZAK that will be out by end of 2020.

Corona Skank

Dear friends,

we hope that all of you are fine and healthy. This is a severe chapter in our lifes during Corona and it looks as if this won´t be done in a month or two. This will have a serious and long effect on our future behaviour and lifestyle.

To stay positive and strong we have put together a special Reggae & Dub playlist on Spotify for you to guide you safely through these troubled times. We hope you also see this situation as a chance to get grounded, slow down and get creative. This playlist is our musical guide for you on your way out of the crisis:

Switchstance Radio No. 5

Good day fellow earthlings,

Dogu, aka Tom Strauch of Switchstance Recordings, just presented the 5th episode of Switchstance Radio on tuesday evening live from the 674FM studio in Cologne. Here is the complete recording of the show, 2 hours of quality Hip Hop, Reggae, Downtempo, Afrobeats, Latin and more. Plus a special guest DJ mix by Nappy G from legendary Turntables On The Hudson and Wonderwheel Recordings crew out of New York City:

ZIK ZAK East Africa Tour 2019

We are proud to announce that we are in the final stages of our ZIK ZAK album that focusses on fresh upcoming talent from all over Africa. The album will be out in double vinyl and digital in early 2020 and will feature singers, rappers and musicians from 10 different African countries.

This sunday will start our ZIK ZAK East Africa Tour 2019 in Nairobi. Dogu will be joined on this tour by Shoeshine Buoy from Kenya and the two Ugandan singers and MC´s Brazen Rule and Spyda MC. They kick off the tour at J´s Restaurant and Bar in Nairobi / Kenya and from there they will directly head over to Tanzania and right up to Zanzibar to perform at the Zanzibar Reggae Festival and 2 other venues. From there they will return to Kenya again to perform in Kilifi and Mombasa. After those performances they will move back to Tanzania again to perform first at the Firefly and then at the Ongala Music Festival in Bagamoyo. After those shows the ZIK ZAK crew will return all the way to Uganda where the final stop of the tour will happen at the Lazy Pony in Kampala. At this final event Shoeshine Buoy and Brazen Rule will not be part of the crew but instead we have a full line up with MC Yallah, C Wyne Nalukalala, Blessed San and Spyda MC. All these Ugandans will of course be on the ZIK ZAK album so this will be a Ugandan night of pure FIYA.

From time to time we will post photos and short videos from the tour on Instagram and on Facebook .

Here is a link with more infos and all tour stops:

Ancient Astronauts present ZIK ZAK – East Africa Tour 2019

And here is the ZIK ZAK Tour artwork:

ZIKZAK FB-Event-2019


Afrobeat & Afro Funk

Good day,

as most of our followers know we love a lot of old music, especially music from the black continent Africa. Africa is where the rhythm comes from, that´s a fact. Music from the black continent mostly has such an infectious groove that you cannot resist but have to move your feet and start dancing. Or at least that is what it does to us 🙂

Here is the full live audio recording from the latest Switchstance Radio show no. 2 with a focus on Afrobeat & Afro Funk, presented by Tom Strauch aka Dogu of Ancient Astronauts and founder and owner of Switchstance Recordings.

As a special guest in the show MUITO KABALLA, the latest signing to the Switchstance Recordings artist family, came over to give an exclusive live concert where he presented a couple of songs from his debut album “Everything Is Broke” and a couple of unreleased tunes.