Ruka Ruka

Another Luo label

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Saba Saba

Kericho-based label run by AP Chandarana that was an important outlet in Kenya for music by Tanzanian bands.

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Safari

Label linked to Editions Jaca and featuring Congolese bands active in Kenya.

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Salano

Luhya label

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Sango

There seem to be two very different histories attached to Sango. In the first instance, it was a Phonogram label of the early 1970s dedicated to Luo bands. All of these singles carry secondary AS numbers suggesting a link to Associated Sound (ASL).

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Sawa Sawa

Legendary Kikuyu label.

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Shikamoo

Andrew Crawford productions label.

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Sibuor

Mid 1970s label, a sister to Kundi, that despite its name - Sibuor is Dholuo for ‘Lion” - offers Luo, Kikuyu and Swahili recording

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Sirocco

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SOA

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Sokota

A label that seems to have spread its net wide and attracted both well-known Luo and Kikuyu bands such as Peter Rachar Owino’s Golden Ugenya Boys and Francis Ruguiti’s Banana Hill Band as well as obscure bands like Kaka Jazz and Milambo Jazz.

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Soni Sounds

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Soul Brother

South African label!

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Sound of Music

Produced by Audio Productions of Nairobi, the company behind APL, Hit Parade and other labels.

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Sounds Express

James Mbugua connected label, few releases.

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STC

Tanzania label

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Stranger of the 70s

A.P. Chandarana's output label of Tanzania music, he had a portable record studio he used to record the artists. His base was in Kericho.

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Studio Sawa Sound

Most likely an affiliate label of Sawa Sawa Sound.

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Sululu

Initially a Phonogram and later a Polygram distributed label, mostly Kikuyu bands.

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Sunday

A rigorous label focusing on Kikuyu bands and choirs. Produced at legendary Chandarana studios Kericho.

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Super Black

South African label

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Super Matatu

A.I.T. subsidiary label from early 80s

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Super Musiki du Zaire

AIT label, evidently for Congolese bands operating in East Africa.

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Suzumi

Small Kenyan label that released a series of four known 7" singles sometime during the late 60s or early 70s. It was a label run by Melodica music store Nairobi. Two releases were by Geraldo Pino and the other two by Wings. The music was Afrobeat with touches of psychedelia, all releases making prominent use of the Hammond B3 organ. There is a surfacing rumor that all these 45s are bootlegs.

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Tam Tam

Label with South African artists.

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Tanzania Film Company

TFC owned one of the few recording studios in Tanzania and put out records on its own label and also on Sindimba, Kwetu and Uhuru Stars.

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Tcheza

Congo label with many releases.

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Teen Age

Kikuyu label

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The Sounds of Tanzania

Appears to be a Japanese label.

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Thika Uhuruko Choir

Kikuyu Gospel label

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Tsavo

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Turbo

Another one off label

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Twist

Linked through the figure of David Amunga to Mwangaza, one of the first African-owned labels after Kenya’s independence. Like Mwangaza, it is a 1960s label, but then picking a name after a dance craze rather gave that way.

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UMOJA

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Umoja Mwana Shambe

Label with Lingala output in Kenya

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Utukufu

Utukufu means ‘glory’ or ‘majesty’ in Kiswahili.

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Victory

Looks like a private one off from Kikuyu musician CDM Kiratu who produced records on several labels.

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VMS

Self-named label from Victoria Music Stores, the company that was also behind numerous other labels, including Lake Victoria.

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Waanyikaa

AIT Records label operating from early to mid 1980s and featuring tracks primarily by Les Wanyika offshoots produced by Felix G Njaakumu.

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Wageso

A label for productions by AC Kochomo, whose name is also attached to a raft of other labels including Awendo Rakido, Editions Tobina, Kidhir Sudi, Kung Fu and Oyaore Ondiek.

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Wahome Super Sounds

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Wamumbe

Joseph Wamumbe's own private label. 3 releases known.

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War Afrique

No info on this label

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Warner Brothers

Warner Brothers East Africa.

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Waw

Looks like a one off Black Savage group label, same group also released on black blood

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Wendo

Nairobi Label

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WRC

A label for licensed songs from abroad and English-language releases by East African bands. Usually hissy pressings running longer than 3 minute.

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Zambezi

Quite possibly a Zambian label

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Zebra

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Zeze

A CBS label from the early 1980s. Mostly LUO output.

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Ziki

Looks like a one off label by Francis Njoroge and Joe Kuria (of Awengele fame)

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