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Africa

Two subsidiaries of AIT that primarily concentrated on releasing the music of Tanzanian artists such as Western Jazz Band for the Kenyan market.

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Africa Sounds

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African Beat

This label appears to have had two very different incarnations: one in the late 1960s as an outlet for Tanzanian releases in Kenya and then, as a Polygram subsidiary, from the early 1970s to the early 1980s as an outlet for a roster of regional bands from within Kenya.

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African Eagles

EMI distributed these recordings by a production company launched by Daudi Kabaka and colleagues after their departure from Equator Sounds in 1972.

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Afro Pop

South African label subsidary of TEAL, mostly Zimbabwe artists. Inspired Analog Africa's label design.

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Afro-Rock

Label used for Jingo's fever single.

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AFRO7

Our own in-house record label featuring new and vintage sounds from the African continent.

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Agu Iroko Sound

Strange Kenya Luo label pressed in Nigeria. Great label design!

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Aida

This label was distributed by Melodica in Nairobi and appears to have specialised in Congolese bands.

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Aira Ehokeku

Kikuyu Gospel label

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AIT

AIT is an important player in the Kenyan music industry with a publishing wing, EIT, and lots of subsidiary labels such as Africa, Hoditone etc.

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Akamba Sounds

Label dedicated to Kamba benga, a sister label to Kikuyu Sounds.

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Akili

Label from Joe Kuria, funky output!

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Alka

Private label released one single in occasion Aga Khan's visit in 1981

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Almasi

The label - its name means “diamond” in Kiswahili - was distributed by City Sounds of Nairobi.

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Angel

Stirringly sloganed “Music of the people, for the people, by the people”, this label seems to date from the early 1970s.

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Apollo

Apollo was a Phonogram subsidiary operating in the early to mid 1970s primarily as an outlet for Gabriel Omolo and Apollo Komesha, one of the most versatile and popular bands of the period, mixing rumba and benga and singing in Kiswahili, Dholuo and English.

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ASL

Associated Sound (ASL) was a major conduit for Lingala records in Kenya, licensing tracks from labels in DRC Congo and Congo-Brazzaville.

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Athi River

Interesting label with output from Loitokitok.

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Audio Productions

Sister label to APL from Audio Productions of Nairobi. Both feature Congolese bands.

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Awendo Rakido

AIT label featuring Dholuo productions by both Okoth Kodondi and CA Kochomo. Most of the listings for the ARA prefixes were added in February 2011 and are taken from AIT’s own database of recordings. The vast majority of the records are by bands such as Migori Super Stars, Kawere Boys and Gem Lucky Jazz who recorded prolifically for other labels. But Orch Malare Boys and Nyancha Mirieri Boys (please note: AIT’s database has two different spellings for this band, so I have retained this anomaly for now) only appear to have recorded for this label. AIT’s database do not list any titles with an ARB prefix, which suggests these records may have been made or distributed in other parts of Africa

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Azimio

Looks like a Kamaru Spin-off label

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Ba-Mbute

Produced by City Sounds in Nairobi and copyrighted by the same operation.

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Bahari

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Bana Beru

AIR Subsidiary label predominantly Luo and Luhya bands

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Bana Moja

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Bemba Records

Label with South African artists

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Bilanga

A label releasing Lingala music in Kenya.

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Bim Nyajuola

Luo label

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Black Blood

A Sapra label with mostly afro-rock crossover outings. Some killer 45's are found on this imprint!

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Bolingo

Label with ouput from Congo and Tanzania bands.

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Bomas

AIT label for the taarab group Bomas of Kenya

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Bomas of Kenya

Polygram's Bomas label

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Boxer

Sister label to audio productions.

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Bullet

SA label with distro in Kenya

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Bump

South African label

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Bumping

Luo label and some bands from Tanzania

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CBS

CBS Kenya released several disco oriented singles from both Kenyan groups, acts from South Africa and West-Africa. Those that are include Kenyan acts, such as Blue Stars, Congolese bands based in Kenya, such as Orch Moja One, and tunes licensed from Tanzanian labels such as the Mwenge Jazz Band’s Joka, which was licensed from Tanzanian Film Company. Often bad mastering on the tracks and insufficient information on the labels.

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Chan Ji Oluoro

Luo Label

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Chanjalikha Phonetic Studios

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Chui Muomo

A Victoria Music Store label from the mid-1970s featuring the prolific Orch DO7 Shirati Jazz, who recorded for more than a dozen labels.

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City Boom

City Boom an affiliate of Doromy records

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CMS

Capital Music Stores in Nairobi produced records from the 1950s to the 1970s

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Coconut Records

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Cucu Wagakunga

Produced and performed by the band led by John Ndicu, a Kikuyu artist who also recorded for Mercury and with his band, the Rwengo Brothers, other labels. This dates, I think, from the early 1980s.

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D.K. Undugu

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Danny

Another Daniel Kamau financed label. "Danny" was his nickname. A few releases by The lulus band

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Daraja

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December Raha

Two Luo bands who feature on this label and, so far, no others. Raha 7-36 is from the VoA library, while RAHA 76 is in the British Library’s National Sound Archive and may be mislabeled - it could be 7-6 or 7-76. For that matter, the label name may be just December or December Raha, even if the BL gives it as December Raha 76.

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Diploma

Diploma was set up in Nairobi by Manasse Omwona in 1964, making him the first independent African record producer in Kenya. This would suggest these records date from the late 1960s and 1970s. The label seems to have spread its net wide with songs in Dholuo, Luhya, Swahili, Lingala and Kipsigis.

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Doromy

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ECL

The Black Devil's Makali single seems to be the only one on this label

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Eclipse

Small label with few releases.

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Edition Bonga

An AIT label featuring Congolese bands.

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Edition Jaca

Label for Congolese band in Kenya

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Edition Kamanyola

Kamanyola is an area in eastern DRC Congo close to the Rwandan border. This label released a string of Lingala singles for the Kenyan market.

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Edition Kilumi

One off kamba label

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Editions AIT

Another imprint of AIT, this time dating from the early 1980s.

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Editions Ba-Ba

An AIT label dedicated to releases by Congolese bands operating in Kenya.

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Editions Babu

Label specialising in Lingala singles

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Editions Biby

A Melodica label that licensed and distributed records from the Congolese Editions Biby label run by Matumona Bibi.

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Editions Bokelo

Label with output from Congolese Jean 'Johnny' Bokelo Isenge and his groups

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Editions By Law

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Editions Chris

A label for productions by Chris Ochuodho for Raha Tele in Nairobi, Editions Chris seems to have operated in the late 1970s and early 1980s

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