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Ghetto People

by Nilotika Cultural Ensemble



GHETTO PEOPLE is the second advance single in a historic series of African Roots Reggae releases: NYABINGI RESURRECTION.

The track features a career-topping melodic performance in Luganda and English from renowned Hip Hop artist Spyda MC, accompanied by the massive percussion and drum sounds of the Nilotika band. Spyda has toured Europe and East Africa both as an artist in his own right and with Nilotika’s offshoot band “Nihiloxica”, who have received rave reviews from Pitchfork, Wired magazine, Mixmag, etc.

The video of GHETTO PEOPLE features the entire Nilotika Ensemble and was shot on the streets of Kampala and the forests of Busabala.
The video will premiere on Reggaeville YouTube channel on August 6th (1.3 million+ subscribers).

The previous single in the series - JAJJA ALIMUFFE - was playlisted on PBS Australia, Reverb Radio (UK), Couleur 3 (CH), KEXP Radio (US), Tilos Radio (HU), Culture Dub (FR), Radio X (DE), PBB (FR), Radio Krimi (FR) and many more with combined listenership of over 1 million followers.

Switchstance Recordings (DE) and East African Records (Uganda) have worked with Nilotika Cultural Ensemble to record - for the first time ever - an African Nyabingi drumming session in the birthplace of the Nyabingi movement.

The session was captured over two weeks at East African Records' studio, 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.


released August 6, 2021
Lyrics by Spyda MC.
Written and composed by Aineomugisha Alimansi Wanzu.
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.
Mastering by Artur Wnorowski / TurnUp Mastering.
Published by Oneminded Soul Publishing.
Artwork design and layout by Saidi Latim.
Executive producer: Thomas Katongole-Strauch and David Cecil.
P & C 2021 East African Records & Switchstance Recordings


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