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Ghetto People (Ancient Astronauts Remix)

by Nilotika Cultural Ensemble



Nilotika Cultural Ensemble is a Nyabingi band from the source of the Nile in Uganda. They use traditional instruments and the full ensemble of around 15 people, including friends and family. Their music can be described as drum-heavy African Nyabingi and Baganda music that fuses traditional melodies and rhythms with Hip Hop and Reggae.

The song “Ghetto People” is about the hardship of growing up in the ghettos of Kampala and trying to find a way out without becoming a criminal. Positive music, a network of creative people and the spirituality of the Nyabingi Rastafari movement is the key to a better life.

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.

German production duo Ancient Astronauts add some groovy remix treatment to “Ghetto People” in their trademark Boom Dub style to underline the message and melody of this beautiful song.


released July 8, 2022
Lyrics by Spyda MC.
Written and composed by Aineomugisha Alimansi Wanzu.
All instruments played, performed and arranged by Nilotika Cultural Ensemble.
Remix by Ancient Astronauts.
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.
Cover photo by Thomas Katongole-Strauch.
Cover layout by David Cecil.
Executive producer: Thomas Katongole-Strauch and David Cecil.
P & C 2022 East African Records & Switchstance Recordings


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