Ralf Gustke also toured with his own band Zebra in the 1980s, with whom he also accompanied other artists such as Chaka Khan. In the course of time, Ralf Gustke developed into a very sought-after studio and live drummer and thus became one of the best-known German drummers. He has played with Georg Danzer, Gianna Nannini, Schiller, Julia Neigel, Sabrina Setlur, Edo Zanki, Tom Liwa, Lothar Kosse, Nena, Sharona, and Barclay James Harvest Featuring Les Holroyd, among others.

He is probably best known at the moment for his work with the Söhne Mannheims.