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Nyabingi Resurrection

by Nilotika Cultural Ensemble

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    This is a vinyl PRE-ORDER. Vinyls will ship on 1st of March 2022.

    This is a limited edition double vinyl LP of "Nyabingi Resurrection" by Nilotika Cultural Ensemble that comes with 2 x 140g black vinyl and black inner sleeves.

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After dropping four advance singles to great acclaim, Switchstance Recordings (Germany) and East African Records (Uganda) are proud to announce the release of the beautiful and historic album: Nyabingi Resurrection.

Support for the singles:

Debbie G (Resonance FM UK): “Every track is superb. Love the combination of East Africa with East Kingston”

Rob Smith (Smith & Mighty): “Great rhythm and sentiment”

Don Letts (BBC6): “Hits the spot”

Quinton Scott (Strut Records): “Great release and such an amazing project to reconnect East Africa and the Caribbean like this”

Jamie Renton (fRoots magazine): “Very hypnotic. Very infectious”

John Warr (Afrobase Radio): “Love the refreshing stripped back acoustic instrumentation, the emotional vocal and the choral response”

Laurent Garnier (PBB Radio): “Excellent”

Nyabingi is one of the Mansions of Rastafari, which worships and achieves enlightenment through drumming and righteous living. The Mansion takes its name from the 18th century warrior queen Nyabingi, ruler of an east African kingdom. After being murdered in a royal dispute, a religion formed around her spirit that inspired anti-colonial revolts all over the region. Nyabingi’s followers used intense drumming to terrify the colonial authorities and their collaborators. Her spirit was said to have possessed Queen Muhumusa in the late 19th century, so feared that she was imprisoned for life and a ban on drumming was imposed by the authorities.

A century and a half later, the descendants of Nyabingi are still drumming in the same region of East Africa. One of the most notable groups are Nilotika Tugifa, aka Nilotika Cultural Ensemble, led by Jajja Kalanda. The patterns and instruments they use are the same as their Nyabingi ancestors, but they have evolved and developed their technique, notably including Caribbean sounds and styles influenced by the Mansion of Rasta that adopted their name. Like the Rastas, Nilotika’s culture embraces artistic creativity, community values and clean living as an alternative to the corruption and capitalism prevalent in mainstream Ugandan society.

Working with Switchstance Recordings, Nilotika have for the first time ever recorded an African Nyabingi drumming session at East African Records studio in Kampala, Uganda. The session was captured over two weeks, using local instruments and the full ensemble of around 15 people, including friends and family. The results are extraordinary, combining ancient rhythms, new technology, chanting, drumming, rapping and virtuoso instrumentalists.

This is a unique chapter in the history of African music. The drumming of the followers of warrior Queens Nyabingi and Muhumusa travelled with the trade winds across continents to inspire Rastas in Jamaica to revolt against slavery and neo-imperialism. Now, the musical spirit has been resurrected in its birthplace by Jajja Kalanda and the Nilotika Cultural Ensemble, newly-emboldened by the music of Rastafari to fight Babylon once again. A musical circle has been completed.

Nyabingi Resurrection was recorded in Kampala in 2019. The full album will be released digitally on 19th November 2021 and on vinyl in early 2022.

A Switchstance Recordings and East African Records co-production.


released November 19, 2021

All songs written and composed by Peter Kalanda, except Song 3 written and composed by Aineomugisha Alimansi Wanzu.
Lyrics on song 1 performed by Phitzo Kiganda. Lyrics on song 2 performed by Nsonga and Niinna MC. Lyrics on song 3 by Spyda MC. Lyrics on song 4 by Taye MC. Lyrics on song 5, 7 and 11 by Jajja Kalanda. Lyrics on song 6 by Natural Calamity MC. Lyrics on song 8 by Nsonga. Lyrics on song 9 and 12 by Manson Bulubembe. Lyrics on song 10 by Niinna MC.
All instruments played, performed and arranged by Nilotika Cultural Ensemble.
Recorded by Wana Benjamin and Muggaga Timothy at East African Records Studio in Kampala / Uganda.
Mixed by Kabanjak at Evergreen Studio in Duisburg / Germany.
Mastering by Artur Wnorowski / TurnUp Mastering.
Published by Oneminded Soul Publishing.
Artwork by Ocom Adonias.
Layout by Saidi Latim / Black Flag Studios.
Vinyl Layout and design by Lisse for Brushwood Entertainment.
Executive producer: Thomas Katongole-Strauch and David Cecil.
P & C 2021 Switchstance Recordings & East African Records


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