DISCOGRAPHY OF EAST AFRICAN MUSIC
Part 2: POLYGRAM (Kenya)
& classic Congolese reissues on ASLP

Part 2. POLYGRAM's POLYDOR label, Nairobi.

Polygram, created by the Dutch Philips company, is a classic example of a multinational company. After a merger with Deutsche Grammophon in 1962 they opened plants in many countries and began issuing albums in Kenya before 1976, possibly as early as 1971 when Philips Kenya were still releasing albums with the Philips (K) prefix. Some were also issued on cassette. Of course tape piracy is one of the huge problems in African music distribution. "Polygram Records Ltd., estimates the total cassette market at 2.5 million per year, of which 90 percent is pirated. Most videotapes in Kenya are also pirated." (from a 1993 report on Economic Practices in Kenya)

Writing about Kenyan music in The Beat, Summer 1986, Doug Paterson said, "There are a few other bands with Swahili-language repertoires (for example, Maroon Commandos and the Mombasa-based tourist bands) but, on the recording scene, most of the remaining Swahili music is Tanzanian in origin. Polydor is still releasing collections of the late Mbaraka Mwinshehe's recordings seven years after his death. In the past, Tanzanian bands such as Mlimani Park, Safari Sound International, and Vijana Jazz were the major concern of Polydor and AIT [Andrews International and Teal]'s local production efforts. Today, although these labels have very little to do with the Tanzanian groups, there is a fairly good selection of such music available in Nairobi from independent labels (such as Ahadi)."

Polygram (Kenya), did not own their pressing plant. According to Doug Paterson, they sold out around 1993 to a company called Black Cat, which later became Tamasha of Nairobi. Tamasha reissued some of the catalogue on CD.

Discs numbered below POLP200 appear to be mostly Nigerian, so I have omitted them. Once again, I leaned heavily on Prof Endo's site for a start. Thanks again to Doug Paterson, and to Cheeku Bidani, Barry Eisenberg, Paul Johnston, Juan Carlos Mercado Rios, Peter Toll, Ronald Zee, Tim Clifford & Nick Dean of NATARI.

See also Doug's own Polygram discography.

The POLYDOR albums

Year/Number

Artist

T I T L E

T R A C K S

Notes

1970s
SSLP001
Various Artists SAFARI SOUVENIRS
Fadhili William - Malaika; Nabil & Savannahs - Karibuni Kenya; N. Pichen & P. Tsotsi - Pole Musa; Black Blood - Kirie Kirio; D. Kabaka & G. Agade - Western Shilo; (B): Daudi Kabaka & Fadhili - Harambee; Fadili William - Taxi Driver; F. Boukaka - Africa; Ekambi Brilliant - Elongi; Sugar Bus - Jambo [info from Ray Templeton] Polydor Label
SSLP002 Various Artists SAFARI SOUVENIRS vol 2 Them Mushrooms - Kenya Hakuna Matata; Them Mushrooms - Bonde Kwa Bonde; John Ondolo - Safari Kilimanjaro; John Ondolo - Ahsante; Bozuwa - Nights In Nairobi; Bakambi N'kela - Soweto's Voice; (B): Bozuwa - (With My) Hands On My Heart; Bakambi N'kela - Kilimanjaro; Bakambi N'kela - Wewe Bwana; Them Mushrooms - Mateseo; Them Mushrooms - Mombasa [info from Ray Templeton] Polydor Label
POLP102 Various Artists FOLK MUSIC OF EAST AFRICA ?
POLP 314 (1984) Various Artists HITS OF KENYA vol 4 MAMA LEA MTORO - Safari Sound Band
MATESO - Them Mushrooms
KARIBUNI NAIROBI - Maroon Commandos
DISCO CHAKACHA - Mombasa Roots
TWENDE SAFARI - Peacemakers Band
HARUSI (HOKZIET) - Forest People Band
POLE POLE - Safari Sound Band
[Alan Wheeler]
POLP315 Various Artists ORIGINAL MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS OF KENYA ?
POLP 316 Various Artists TRIBAL SONGS OF KENYA Intumba Jazz feat. Jacob Luseno & Gertrude Mwendo [Luhya]: Mulama
Kajulu Boys [Luo]: Oyugi Kaska
Historia Kumbuka [Kipsigis]: Grace
Iranda Band feat. Evans Anyona [Kisii]: Amarwa
Kalambya Boys [Kikamba]: Lisavu
Lulus Band feat. Daniel Kamau [Kikuyu]]: Wendo Ni Wendo
Machakos Jazz [Kikamba]: Helen
Butere Sharp Shooters [Luhya]: Carina
Kenya Prisons Band [Kipsigis]: Momi ye Momi Boiyboiyet
Maroon Commandos feat. Habel Kifoto [Taita]: Charonyi Ni Wasi
1984
POLP 401
Various Artists THE MAGIC TOUCH OF DISCO VOL 1 Mombasa Roots: Reggae Sound of Africa
Earthquake: Kutangatanga I & II
Forest People Band: Hatosheki Malaika
Nguashi Ntimbo: Shauri Yako
Afro Souvenirs: Jambo Rafiki
Peacemakers: Welcome to Africa
Zembi: Missing It
Safari Sound Band: Mama Lea Mtoto
Mombasa Roots: Karibishe
[DP]
1985
POLP 402
Various Artists THE MAGIC TOUCH OF DISCO VOL 2 Mandingo: Was ist Los Mama?
Peacemakers: Tuikomboe Afrika
Mbilia Bel: Twende Nairobi
Sam Mangwana: Masai
Habel Kifoto (of Maroon Commandos): Kenya Nchi Yangu
Mombasa Roots: Reggae Sound of Africa
Mandingo: Mombasa Island
Mayaula Mayoni: Veya
[DP]
POLP403 Various Artists SAVE THE RHINO
A1: "Ilunga mpenda watu" Baba Gaston
2. "Zeba" Les Mangelepa
3."Kaka Sadi" Vijana Jazz
4. "Sagina" Utawala Band
B1: "Mwalimu" Banana Hill Band
2. "Anidah" Lunna Kidi
3. "Kasha Langu" Mombasa Roots
4. "Nyota ya Baraka" Kwaya ya Uinjilisti
5. "Save the Rhino" Them Mushrooms
Some of the proceeds donated to the Save the Rhino Fund of the African Wildlife Foundation.
(Marcel Burg)
1984
POLP500
Morogoro Jazz Band MOROGORO
A: Expo 70 No. 1
Expo 70 No. 2
Bivelina
Sarakasi ya Yasinta
B: Urafiki Mwisho wa Mwezi
Afrika Tuko Tayari Kufa
Pole Dada
Watalii
[DP]; Band led by saxophonist Kulwa Salum, featuring Mbaraka Mwinshehe on guitar solo and lead vocals. These recordings date from 1971, and have been recompiled as follows: "Expo 1 & 2" on CD CPOLP566; "Bivelina" on TAM CD501; "Urafiki Mwisho wa Mwezi" on polp 500 nad polp 537; "Pole Dada" on polp537 and LSNMC 002, and "Watalii" on polp566.
POLP501 Mbaraka Mwinshehe Mwaruka SOLOIST NATIONAL 1968-72 1. Bivelina
2. Tambiko ya wahenga
3. Kulala ya njaa
4. Matusi ya nini?
5. Pesa no 1
6. Yasinta
7. Afrika yetu
8. Tutakuja gombana
9. Vijana wa Afrika
10. Moro Jazz Mwidaha
CD: TAMASHA TAM 501; "Matusi ya nini?," and "Tutakuja gombana" on DIZIM CD 4702-2
1972
POLP502
K. Z. Morogoro Jazz Band Mfululizo wa Muziki A: Masimango
Kazi Ndiyo Msingi
Nikupendeje?
B: Wanisikitisha Mpenzi Wangu
Ewe Mwana
Waache Waseme
[DP]; "Masimango," "Nikupendeje?," "Wanisikitisha," "Ewe Mwana," & "Wacheni Waseme" on polp 542 and all of them on DIZIM CD 4702-2 2000; "Kazi Ndiyo Msingi" on polp 592.
1974
POLP504
Orchestra Super Volcano A: Poleni Rufiji / Usingilie Ugomvi Wao / Happy Christmas / Huyu Ni Shemeji Yako
B: Harusi No. 2 / Sitakata Tamaa / Mg. H'Qrs ya Volcano / Vipi Posa
[DP]
1974
POLP505
Utamaduni Choir Christmas
1975
POLP 506
Simba Wanyika Jiburudisheni na Simba Wanyika Vol. 1 A: Dunia Haina Wema / Kijana Tushirikiane / Halima No. 2 / Lina Chunga Pesa
B: I Love You Madina / Mchumba Banitaki / Sophy No. 3 / Naepusa Mama
Polydor LP
1976
POLP 507
Orch. Super Volcano VOL. TWO
A: Penzi letu sumu kwao part 1 + part 2 / Mashetani part 1 + part 2
B: Talaka kampaa nani / Kenyatta day / Yosa yosa mwaka mpya / Zubeda kanishtaki
Polydor LP [Alan Wheeler]
POLP 508 Various Artists Hits of the 60s Volume 1 A: Jamhuri: Shangazi Naomba Taiti / Jamhuri: Usiwaamini Shemeji / Dar: Mpenzi Usemayo / Dar: Kweli Wanitafuta Ubaya / Morogoro: Polina Nenda
B: Morogoro: Esta Wangu / Atomic: Asha Tulia / Atomic: Hata Mkisema Sana / NUTA: Maneno Niliyokwambia / NUTA: Ikiwa kama Hunitaki
[DP]
POLP 510 SIMBA WANYIKA Jiburudisheni na Simba Wanyika Vol. 1
1979
POLP 512
Mbaraka Mwinshehe The Last Recording of Soloist National Mbaraka Mwinshehe & Orchestra Super Volcano A: Shida / Baba Mdogo / Hayati Ndugu Sembuli
B: Mtaa wa Saba / Mashemeji Wangapi
[DP]; The death of Tanzanian guitarist/bandleader Mbaraka Mwinshehe, following an automobile accident in 1979, was a major tragedy for East African dance music. A self-taught guitarist, Mwinshehe played kwela music with Cuban Branch Jazz as a teenager. He modeled his singing after Salim Abdullah, a founder of Morogoro Jazz who went on to form the Cuban Marimba Band. Starting out with Morogoro Jazz (1964-73), Mwinshehe led his own band, Super Volcano, from 1973 until his untimely death six years later.
1979
POLP 513
LES WANYIKA NEW DANCE "Les Les" A: Pamela / Wazazi
B: Nisaide Baba / Usia wa Baba
[DP]
1984
POLP 514
Mlimani Park Orchestra Nidhamu ya Wafanya Kazi [DP]
1979?
POLP 516
Various Artists Hit Parade Number 1
A: Sikujua Utabadilika (Simba Wanyika) / Sina Makosa (Les Wanyika)
B: Sauda Unatia Aibu (DDC Mlimani Park Orchestra) / Charo Ni Wasi (Maroon Commandos)
Polydor LP; "Sina makosa" on Tamasha CD 0025
1982
POLP 517
Mbaraka Mwinshehe Mwaruka The Very Last Recording of Soloist National Baniani Mbaya Kiatu Chake Kizuri
A: Koeta
Bambalawe
B: Tamaa ya Kuku
Mtaa wa saba
Polydor LP. "Mtaa wa saba" also on polp 512, polp 517 and polp 537.
POLP 518 MAROON COMMANDOS RAZIKI HAIVATU
Raziki Haivutwi na Kamba 1 & 2 / Ngoja, Ngoja Huumiza 1 & 2
B: Sina Ndoe 1 & 2/ Christina 1 & 2 [all songs composed by Habel Kifoto]
[Paul Johnston] Liner notes: KUSEMA NA KUFANYA
Habel Kifoto was born in Taita District Coast Province and started his music career back in 60s. Kifoto started playing bass guitar in 1967 until when he started his skill in Solo lead guitar.
After 3 years with his former band Kifoto and a few others formed the Maroon Commandos and were based in Gilgil. Early 1971 Maroon Commandos found their [way] to (Phonogram) Polygram Studios and recorded two records, led by Habel Kifoto Maroon Commandos' first record Emily composed by Kifoto hinmself fought its way through to number [one] in the Top Ten List. It wasn't all that easy for the group to hit the charts but somehow they managed although this way the time Jamhuri Jazz Band and Morogoro Band were really shooting high. After their success in 1971 Maroon Commandos continued travelling and that's entertaining people all over the country.
Sometimes in 1972 while travelling up country their car overturned and claimed several lives of their members. Between 1972 the time of the accident and 1977 nothing much of Maroon was heard. So Polygram Artists and Musicians department visited them at their Camp in Langata and the Band leader replied as he was asked Have you any intentions of re-appearing back in recording business after dropping for almost 5 years? We are reappearing back very soon and I'm sorry he didn't elaborate but promised to announce the department by action. As it is their motto.
Kusema na kufanya i.e. Action Speaks more than words. So our fans shouldn't worry we are returning before long. After that horrible tragedy which stuck us. And so they did come back with Mama yu Wapi which sold quite well followed by Charonyi ni Wasi a real Million Seller. Charonyi ni Wasi really cemented their ability. Habel Kifoto as a leader handles a variety of musical instructions i.e. Bass guitar, Solo guitar, Saxophone and very much at home with the key board very popular for his meaningful compositions.
POLP520 Various Artists LATEST HITS BY KAMBA CHART BUSTERS Side A Muema Brothers
1. Mwana Kilumi Naja
2. Jane Pt1
3. Jane Pt2
4. Stellah
Side B Kalambya Boys
1. Inaemewa
2. Katuku
3. Kyeki kya Mbesa
4. Kakila Song'e
[DP]
POLP523 Mlimani Park TAXI DRIVER
1988
POLP 525
Kwaya ya uinjilisti ya vijana Kila mtu na mzigo yake Christian songs
1983
POLP 527
Zuhura & Party Singe Tema
1983
POLP 529
Zuhura & Party Naanika Zikauke
1983?
POLP 530
Mlimani Park Dunia Kuna Mambo
1982
POLP 531
Daudi Kabaka Golden Hits of
1983
POLP 532
MAROON COMMANDOS DAWA NIMUONE HANI
1983
POLP 533
LES WANYIKA SINA MAKOSA
Side 1: Sina Makosa; Kwanza Jiulize; Mbaya Wako Rakifi Yako /Side 2: Tafuta Wako; Barua Yako; Kajituliza Kasuku
POLP 534 Dar International & Vijana Jazz
1983
POLP 536
Mbaraka Mwinshehe Ukumbusho Volume 1 Shida
Nisalimie Wanazire
Mapenzi Yanitesa
Choyo Uache
Tutakuja Gombana
Dr Kleruu
Esta Wangu
Truly one of the monuments of East African music. "Ukumbusho" means "Remembrance." "Esta Wangu" on POLP 508 and Ukumbusho vol 11; "Shida" also on POLP 512; "Tutakuja Gombana" also on SOLOIST NATIONAL, & POLP 501; "Dr Kleruu" on DIZIM CD 4702-2.
1983
POLP 537
Mbaraka Mwinshehe Ukumbusho Volume 2 / KIBENA
Urafiki Mwisho Wa Mwezi

Side A:
Mtaa wa saba 1 & 2
Pole dada
Urafiki mwisho wa mwezi
Side B:
Vijana wa Afrika
Kizena
Jasinta
Sululu ya Moro
Polydor LP; ""Jacinta," "Urafiki" and "Pole dada" also on POLP 500; "Vijana wa Afrika" (which features slide guitar reminiscent of Dr Nico) is also on POLP 501; Pole dada" also on UKUMBUSHO vol 11; "Mtaa wa saba" on POLP 512 and POLP 517 [Juan Carlos Mercados Rios]
1983
POLP538
Remmy Ongalla & Orchestra Super Talaka Kipenda Roho Hula Nyama Bichi Polydor LP [JB]
1983
POLP 539
Various Artists Swahili Special Hit Parade 1983 A: Shillingi (Simba Wanyika) / Balaa Nyumbani (Kurugenzi Jazz)
B: Maisha ya Amba (Vijana Jazz) / Amua Nikuachie Kazi (Maroon Commandos)
Polydor LP
1983
POLP 540
Simba Wanyika Shillingi Manu Tena Yaua A: Shillingi / Mpenzi Rejea
B: Wana Wanyika / Mwana Sika
LP: Polydor: Cassette / Tamasha CASLP 2014 1990s
1983
POLP 541
Various Artists Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
1983
POLP 542
Mbaraka Mwinshehe Ukumbusho Volume 3
"Paka Akitoko panya hutawala"
A: Nirudie mama
Mapenzi shuleni
Ushamba umekutoka
Daktari ni mimi
B: Wanisikitisha mpenzi
Ewe, mwango
Masimango
Nikupendeje?
Polydor LP; "Nirudie mama," "Mapenzi shuleni," "Wanisikitisha mpenzi wangu," "Ewe, mwana," "Masimango" and "Nikupendeje?" all on DIZIM CD 4702-2
1984
POLP544
Mbaraka Mwinshehe PESA #1
Mapenzi ya nitesa
Kifo cha karume
Matusi ya nini?
Tunachogombea nini?
B:
Nisalimie wanazaire
Mitindo yetu?
Pesa no. 1
Dr. Klerruu
"Mapenzi ya nitesa" & "Nisalimie wanazaire" on polp 536; "Tunachogombea nini?" on polp 592; "Matusi ya nini?" and "Pesa no. 1" also on CD TAM501.
1985
POLP 546
Various Artists It's My Discothek Vol. 1 A: Disco Chakacha (Mombasa Roots Band) / Vielly (Habel Kifoto)
B: Mwana Sikia (Simba Wanyika) / Mala Lea Mtoto (Safari Sound Band)
Polydor LP
1985
POLP 547
Various Artists It's My Discothek Vol. 2 A: Mwenda Pole (Simba Wanyika) / Mabibi Za Watu (Moreno Batamba & Orchestra Shika Shika)
B: Furaha Ya Bibi (Sam Mangwana) / Naenda Safari (Laban Ochuka & Maroon Commandos)
Polydor LP (N.B. The Moreno track is not by Shika Shika but Moja One)
1985
POLP548
Them Mushrooms NEW HORIZON Reggae and Benga band
1985
POLP 549
Various Artists Dunia Kigeugeu A: Maicha (Simba Wanyika) / Natafuta Mwali (Orchestra Jobiso) / Mwana Sikia (Simba Wanyika) / Tatizo la Pesa (Orchestra Jobiso)
B: Dunia Kigeu-geu (Les Wanyika) / Mke wa Kwanza (Les Wanyika) / Sioni Wala Sisikii (Les Wanyika) / Hesuimuni Wazazi (Les Wanyika)
Polydor LP; Although the tunes are listed as "Pts. 1 & 2," they are all only Pt. 1. [DP]
1984
POLP 550
Mbaraka Mwinshehe Ukumbusho Volume 4
Bibi wa watu
A: Bibi wa watu
Dini uliapa
Kasema hakutaki
Masika mtindo mpaya
B: Uaminifu nimeni ambua
Utanikondesha Maria
Mama Chakula bora
Roho ndiyo mwa'muzi
Polydor LP
1985?
POLP 551
Various Artists Kweya Problem by Les Lashow (probably Lessa Lassan)
Kweya by Virunga
Masai by Sam Mangwana
Jua Lako by Moja One
Viely by Maroon Commandos
Dunia Hakuna bingwa by Ibeba
Bad drum machine on the Virunga track, but the Moja One is a gem, and anything new by Sam Mangwana from this golden age is like finding the Dead Sea Scrolls! -- thanks to World Service
1985
POLP 552
Simba Wanyika Haleluya
A: Haleluya / Mama Nyange
B: Mapenzi Yaniua / Baba na Mama
[cover from Ronald Zee]; Polydor LP
1986
POLP 553
Mbaraka Mwinshehe Ukumbusho Volume 5 Soloist National Matamko ya viongozi wetu
Tina turudiane
Sina pesa
Akula mwembe songo
Nitamtuma mshenga
Unanitafuta nini
Makao makuu dodoma
Fadhili ya punda
[Nick Dean]
1986
POLP 554
Daudi Kabaka & Maroon Commandos PESA MARADHI YA MOYO
1986
POLP 555
Maroon Commandos Hasiri na Hasara LP: Polydor
1986?
POLP 556
Vundumuna Happenin' [Peter Toll]
1985?
POLP 557
NUTA JAZZ BAND (OLD IS GOLD) ZILIZOPENDWA
A: Nipeleke kwa baba / Kifo cha karume / Dada nihuumie / Instrumental no 1
B: Mpenzi ninakukanya / Instrumental no 2 / Leo nasema / Ikiwa kama hunitake
Polydor LP
1986?
POLP 559
Blue Rangers Mafumula [Peter Toll]
1987
POLP 560
IBEBA SYSTEM SYSTEM IN THE CITY
1987?
POLP 561
Zaiken Amajoma [Peter Toll]
1987
POLP 562
THEM MUSHROOMS AT THE CARNIVORE [JB]
1985?
POLP 563
Isse Isse Stars "Ndugu Tuelewane"
A: Dada pili / Meggy / Kosa la kwanza
B: Neema / Ndugu Tuelewane / Sifa mbaya / Shemeji
Polydor LP
1988?
POLP 564
Mbaraka Mwinshehe Ukumbusho Volume 6
A: Afadhali umerudi
Harusi No 2
Mshenga No 2
Dawa ya mapenzi
B: Ugeni tabu
kifo cha pesa
masika zole zole
Unaulizwa
LP: Polydor / CD: Tamasha CPOLP564; "Dawa ya mapenzi" also on polp500
1988
POLP 565
Simba Wanyika Dunia Haina Wema A: Pamela / Yamebaki Mazoea / Mbele ya Mungu
B: Dunia Haina Wema / Leka Ulole / Lina Linda Pesa / Mama Sofia
LP: Polydor / CD: Tamasha CDTAM 0028; Reissue of material from the early 1970s.
1988
POLP 566
Mbaraka Mwinshehe Ukumbusho Volume 7
Penzi lako hatari
Picnic ya volcano
Nipeleke nikashuhudie
Masikitiko yetu
Watalii
Regina
Expo 70 No 1
Expo 70 No 2
LP: Polydor; CD: Tamasha CPOLP566. "Expo 70" & "Watalii" reprised from Morogoro Jazz (POLP500).
1988
POLP
Mbaraka Mwinshehe Ukumbusho Volume 8 A1. Mashemeji Wangapi
2. Safari Sio Kifo
3. Matrida Huna Siri
B1. Mashetani
2. Talaka Kampa Nani
3. Baba Mdogo
[Cheeku Bidani]; LP: Polydor
1988
POLP 571
Daniel Owino Misiani & D.O.7 Shirati Jazz Kenya I Love You
A: Kenya / B.L.BS (Borderline Bus) / Nora
B: Wuod Bade Boyo / Africa / Olero Samy
LP: Polydor [Ronald Zee]
1988
POLP 572
Simba Wanyika Original Mapenzi Ni Damu A: Mapenzi Ni Damu / Dunia Ina Taabu
B: Marieta / Watu Husema
LP: Polydor; "Penzi ni damu" on TAM CD0027 KABIBI
1989
POLP573
Them Mushrooms GOING PLACES
1988
POLP 574
George Peter Kinyonga and Orchestre Jobiso Maisha si nguvu
[cover from Ronald Zee]; LP: Polydor
1989
POLP 577
Orchestra Jobiso Natafuta Mwali LP: Polydor; Simba Wanyika offshoot led by George Peter
1988
POLP 579
MLIMANI PARK ORCHESTRA Maihsa ni kuona mbele
1988
POLP 580
D.O.7 Shirati Jazz Rose Atieno
A: Atila Min Jopesa / Nick Saronge / George Atieno / Rose Atieno / Rapar Dr. C. Omondi
B: Carolina Akinyi / Otami Dr. / Patrick Ogwayo / Bamla Akinyi
LP: Polydor; Apparently, D.O. Misiani is not on this recording. [cover from Ronald Zee]
1988
POLP 581
Mavalo Kings Heshima Kidogo
A: Heshima Kidogo / Mama Mzazi
B: Sakina / Christmas
LP: Polydor [Paul Johnston]
1988
POLP 582
Orch Les Wanyika Nilipi la Ajabu
A: Afro / Mambo
B: Safari sio kifo / Ni lipi la Ajabu
cassette: PolyGram CPOLP582
1988
POLP 584
IBEBA SYSTEM IBEBA NEW WAVE [Ronald Zee]
1989
POLP 585
NINE STARS ORCHESTRA ZOTE TUFUATE NYAYO ZA MTUKUFU RAIS MOI AMANI UPENDO NA UMOJA A1. Rais moi
2. Chama cha KANU
B1. Kenya huru
2.Ni wewe
[Paul Johnston]
1989?
POLP 587
Lovy Elie Wangu [Peter Toll]
1989
POLP 589
MLIMANI PARK ORCHESTRA Dua la kuku
1989
POLP 590
Prof Omar AWAZO
1989
POLP 591
D.O.7 Shirati Jazz Milly Auma A: Rose Apondi / Dorcas Akinyi / Milly Auma / Julius Ouma
B: Lucus Auko / Alex Ojwang / Joswa Omucho / Nyochuna Akoth
LP: Polydor; D.O. Misiani is not on this recording. His absence from this, Rose Atieno (Polydor POLP 580) and Benga Beat (World Circuit WCB 003) is apparently not due to any disagreement with Shirati Jazz. Doug Paterson writes, "about Benga Beat, recorded in the UK:...The Kenyans wouldn't give him a passport claiming he was Tanzanian. I don't think there was any problem between Misiani and his band and they couldn't have called it Shirati without Misiani's permission. Otherwise, you would have seen Shirati Stars or Les Shirati or something like that. It might have been that Misiani was mad at Polygram about something or it might be that he just wanted to let his musicians publish some of their own songs. All the songs on the two LPs are by the sidemen, not Misiani..."
1989?
POLP 592
Mbaraka Mwinshehe Ukumbusho Volume 9
A: Kazi ndiyo msingi
Tunacho gombea nini
Heko U.W.T.
Mrudishe
B: Twangapongeza wanasoka
Mwongozo wa tanu
Regina
Ukumbozi wa Afrika
LP: Polydor. "Tunacho gombea nini" also on polp 544; "Regina" also on polp 566.
1989
POLP
Mbaraka Mwinshehe Ukumbusho Volume 10 LP: Polydor
1989
POLP
Mbaraka Mwinshehe Ukumbusho Volume 11 Penzi La Mashaka
The Beat is Mahoka
Pole Dada
Ujamaa Na Kujitegemea
Nasika Mwaniteta
The Beat is Mahoka (version 2)
Esta Wangu
Wana Moro
Nimechoka Kusemwa
Mandhi
Nalilia Raha
Penzi La Mashaka (version 2)
cassette: LSNMC002 [Nick Dean]. "Pole dada" also on polp 500 and polp 537; "Esta wangu" also on polp 508 and polp 536.
1989
POLP 594
Everest Kings Mama Kei A: Mama K / Walimwengu
B: Rebecca / Zuwena
LP: Polydor
1989
POLP 595
Makombora Stars Matatizo ni ya kila mtu
A: Matatizo Hayafanani/ Hamida Namalwa
B: Someni kwa bidii / Heshima si utumwa
LP: Polydor
all titles composed and arranged by Athumani Weteko
Lead guitar: Franco M. Dibala
Bass / rhythm gtr: Lisasi E. Muzindo
Keyboard: Kamau wa Kamau
Drums: Baba Imaywa
Percussion: Nichola Manyonyi
Vocals: Mosese Madai, Athumani Weteko, Franco Dibala
[Tim Clifford]
1989
POLP 598
LES WANYIKA Nimaru A: Nimaru / Mama watoto
B: Mume wangu waniteza / Shemeji Agnes
LP: Polydor; CD: Tamasha TAM0026
1989
POLP 599
Mavalo Kings Tembea Kijana
A: Tembea kijana/ Rafiki mdaku
B: Tamaa wacha / Mchumba wangu
LP: Polydor (All songs composed by Fresh Ley)
1989
POLP 600
Maroon Cammandos BILA JASHO "Mwakaribishwa na Maroon"
A: Mwakaribishwa na Maroon [D. Kibe] / Ujumbe wako [H. Kifoto]
B: Esther [Onyango James] / Bila Jasho [H. Kifoto]
LP: Polydor. Line-up on this is Habel Kifoto (leader), Paul Mwandembo, David Kombo, Michael Karanja (vocals), Tuesday Albert (rhythm guitar), Thomas Mutuku (drums), Iddi Mathias (bass), James Onyango (alto sax), John Ogega (second lead guitar), Ramadhani Suleiman (congas). [-Songa! magazine]
1990
POLP 601
GEORGE WATAILOR & KUHUMBU SUCCESS ?
1990
POLP 602
Prof Omar SUMU YA MAPENZI
1989
POLP 603
SAMMY MWAMBI & WANA WA MWANGEKA "Dunia haina siri"
A: Najua hunipendi / Dunia haina siri
B: Salaam deejays / Siku ya leo
LP: Polydor (B side tracks reversed)
1989
POLP 605
AZIZ ABDI & ORCHESTRA BENGA AFRICA Sina Kazi
A: Sina Kazi / Matata Sipendelei
B: Nyumbani Ni Nyumbani / Amri Kumi
LP: Polydor [Alan Wheeler]
1990
POLP 606
LES WANYIKA Les Les Non Stop 90 LP: Polydor
1990
POLP 608
MAROON COMMANDOS Bonya Kutché Bonya Kutché/ Carol
Radhi ya Wazazi / Ingira
LP: Polydor
1990
POLP 609
NAIROBI MATATA ORIGINAL Pesa Mambo yote
A: Pesa Mambo yote / Eliza
B: Matatizo ya Dunia / Safari
LP: Polydor
1991
POLP 610
ULINZI ORCHESTRA SINA UWEZO
1990
POLP 611
Prof. M.B. Naaman & His Nine Stars Orchestra Mama wa kambo
A: Mama wa kambo / Amina
B: Mwana siti / Christina
LP: Polydor
1991
POLP 612
Orchestre Super Basenka MANDELA
Sahibu (Barasa Sindani) / Obororo (Seroni Anyona)
B: Mandela (Seroni Anyona) / Sivibaya Kupenda (Barasa Sindani)
[Alan Wheeler]
1991
POLP 613
The Six Manyara MASELINA A1. Mwanenu Anitesa
A2. Batuli
B1. Maselina
B2. Mwana Mbuzi
[DP]
1991
POLP 614?
Aziz Abdi Kilambo & Orchestra Benga Africa TALANTA [JB]
1990
POLP 615
The Everest Kings Rebecca A: Rebecca / Tusikizane
B: Karibuni / Monica
LP: Polydor
1990
POLP 621
NUTA JAZZ BAND OLD IS GOLD VOLUME TWO
"Wana msondo" 20 Years Ago
1. Regina
2. Msondo No 4
3. Pongezi wakulima
4. Mbona hivyo dada
5. Nilivyokwambia
6. Katerina
7. Tufunge ndoa
8. Tujifunze kusoma
9. Msondo No 3
10. Rehema
11.Salima
LP: Polydor/ Tamasha CD POLP621
1992
CPOLP 623
SIMBA WANYIKA ORCHESTRA Mapenzi ya weekend Cassette: Polydor [JB]
1992?
POLP 626
Les Wanyika Kabib' [Peter Toll]
1991?
POLP 628
MAROON COMMANDOS Shikamoo A: Baba shikamoo / Bernina
B: Niahamu / Leonida
Cassette: Polydor
1992
CPOLP 638
SIMBA WANYIKA ORCHESTRA Greatest Hits vol 1 Cassette: Polydor [JB]
1992
CPOLP 639
Simba Wanyika Original Pepea Mwongele / Wenzako / Pamela / Sikujua Utabadilika / Nakupenda Cherie / Pole Pole / Maria CD: Kameleon Netherlands: KMLN CD 01 / cassette: Tamasha CPOLP 639 1993, released as "Simba Wanyika in Europe"
1992
POLP 639
Simba Wanyika Original Greatest Hits Vol. 1 A: Mwenda Pole / Mwanasikia / Kanyama
B: Maicha / Wana Wanyika / Baba Nyange
Cassette: Tamasha CPOLP 638
1992
POLP 646
Various Artists Wasemanyo Waimbaji Wetu A: Haki Zetu (John Ngereza) / Wivu na Fitina (Justus Kasoya) / Tuelewane Ndugu (Abdul Muyonga)
B: Kujenga Nyumba (Prof. Omari) / Ufukara Sio Kilema (John Ngereza) / Alice Samba (Justus Kasoya)
Cassette: Tamasha CPOLP 646; The artists are not listed on the cassette (the names in parentheses are the composers). Doug Paterson reports the actual track listing as follows:
A: Haki Zetu (Les Wanyika) / Wivu na Fitina (Changwithya Stars) / Tuelewane Ndugu (Everest Kings)
B: Kujenga Nyumba (Everest Kings) / Ufukara Sio Kilema actually "Dunia Ki-Geu Geu": (Les Wanyika) / Alice Samba (Changwithya Stars).

"Haki Zetu," "Kujenga Nyumba," and the real "Ufukara Sio Kilema" on Tamasha CD TAM002 "Best of Prof. Omari Shabani and John Ngereza."

1971 CPOLP654 WESTERN JAZZ BAND SABOSO
A: Salima / Masikini / Veronica / Kilimo / Weke Akiba / Mtindo wa Saboso
B: Jeanine / Mwenzangu Fatuma / Barua yako / Baba Nyerere / Anna / Sina Wivu
[Paul Johnston]
POLP900 Baba Gaston & L'orchestre Baba National 20th Anniversary ? Born in Lubumbashi, Ilunga wa Ilunga (aka Baba Gaston) started his musical career in Zaire and became a hit before moving to Kenya in 1970 (info from Ronnie Graham's DA CAPO GUIDE).
POLP901 Baba Gaston & L'orchestre Baba National Greatest Hits vol 1 ?
POLP933 Baba Gaston & L'orchestre Baba National Greatest Hits vol 2 ?
1988?
POLP 1006
BONDO KINGS BEST OF
Sir Maurice Ajuma & L'Orchestre Bondo Kings:
1. Betty Mjanja Pts 1 & 2
2. Nyar Kendo Bay
3. Dr Wajangu Orwa Obwogo
4. Niyiri Masani Pts 1 & 2
5. Otiu Okiero
6. Gedeon 'O' Karindo Pts 1 & 2
7. Anyango Conny
8. Caroline Achieng
9. Atieno Florry
10. Masira Kindaki
11. Oloo Sammy
Cassette: PolyGram [Paul Johnston]
1988
POLP 1013
Jamhuri Jazz Band Hits of Jamhuri Jazz A: Sasa Waka Chonjo / Safari / Wasi Wasi Ondoa / Mama Watoto
B: Ooh Masikini / Susana / Usinichukie Bure / Ewe Kisura
Cassette: Polydor
1989?
POLP 2002
Jamhuri Jazz Band Zilizopendwa Vol. 2 A: Mganga No 1 & 2 / Simba Mwituni / Nafikiria Kurudi Shamba / Chawa
B: Wivu wa Urongo / Maselina / Rafiki Si Wema / Mtoto wa Kambo
Cassette: Polydor
1995?
POLP 1026
Simba Wanyika Mbere Ya Mungu A: Punguza Papara Zako / Pesa Ni Taabu Sana
B: Pamela / Mbere Ya Mungu / Leka Ulole
Cassette: Tamasha; "Pamela" on Tamasha CD TAM002 "Best of Prof. Omari Shabani and John Ngereza."
1995?
CPOLP 1028
WESTERN JAZZ NJONOLE HITS FROM WESTERN JAZZ NJONOLE A: Lipa Kodi ya nyumba / Unionapo Nikiandamana / Nilikupenda Sana / Mimi mtoto wa watu / Tanga Umeonddoka / Ukitumwa tena / Fujo Acha
B: Msituchungue / Kwa heri mpenzi / Wataka nini lina / Stella Yapunguze / Wamemchukua mpenzi / Kilichokuzuzua
Cassette [Paul Johnston]

Part 3. ASLP Records released by Polygram Kenya.

Many of them are reissues of Congolese hits.

Year/Number

Artist

T I T L E

T R A C K S

Notes

ASLP409 Sam Mangwana & l'African All Stars IN NAIROBI
A1. Furaha ya bibi
2. Masai
B1. Lugha ya Mapenzi
2. Saturday Night (Molangi ya pembe)
[Juan Carlos Mercados Rios]
1985
ASLP 411
SOKI VANGU & L'ORCHESTRA BELLA BELLA A1. Na rater train
2. Litatu
B1. La reconnaisance n'est pas de ce monde
2. Taty
[Ronald Zee]
1985
ASLP 413
LES MANGELEPA MADINA
A1. Madina
2. N'Kimba
B1. Lolo Mukena 2. Kamwala
[Ronald Zee]
1986
ASLP 418
Sam Mangwana et l'African All Stars M'BANDA KAZAKA A: M'BANDA KAZAKA
B: INTERNATIONAL MABOYA / BI KUMBA-KUMBA
(All songs composed by Sam Mangwana)
1986
ASLP422
Sam Mangwana & Empompo Loway et Tiers Monde Revolution YO PARISIEN A: YO PARISIEN (Empompo Loway) / KOPEMA VE KONINGANA TE (Sam Mangwana) B: ADORABLE SANIA (Sam Mangwana) / WAYIKI (Empompo Loway)
1987
ASLP426
Various Artists ANCIENT SUCCESS VOLUME ONE
"The tune we danced to 15 years ago"

A: Chuza et les Noirs: "Sikiya Sauce 1 & 2" / Baba Gaston: "Ilunga Ilunga"
B: Matadidi Mabele & Orch Sosoliso: "Sex Madjesi No 1 & No 2" / Kuka & Les Noirs: "Mungu iko Helena"
Original recordings 1973
1988
ASLP 454
Gina Monganza et Monga Monga Stars avec Samba Mapangala ?
1990
ASLP 458
Franco & L'OK Jazz RETRO A: MISELE / ON A OSE LE DIRE / POLO / BOLINGO BOUGIE / BAKOKATE FIANCE / MAHELE
B: TON TON / QUAND LE FILME EST TRISTE / TIMOTHEE ABANGI MAKAMBO / OYO MOBALI TAPALE / PRESIDENT LEON MBA
1990
ASLP 460
TAZ BOLINGO SOUCI YA AGE Female rumba band from Zaire
ASLP 913 LES MANGELEPA FIRST ANNIVERSARY A popular Congolese band, forced to leave Kenya in 1985 on a crackdown on immigrants. Ronnie Graham mentions that lead guitar player Bwamy "Captain" Walumona was from Lumumbashi and came to Kenya with Baba Gaston. He played with Les Mangelepa until 1990, when he resigned from pop music and took to gospel.
1978
ASLP 919
LES MANGELEPA ACTION ALL THE WAY Walter
ASLP 921 LES MANGELEPA LIVE ON TOUR Personnel: Bwamy Walumona "Le capitaine" - lead guitar, composer, chief of the orchestra; Kabila Ka Banze "Evani" - lead vocalist, composer, deputy chief of the orchestra; Kelenga Nzaazi "ViVi" - vocalist, composer; Badibanga Wa Tshilumba "Kai Kai" - vocalist, composer, trumpetist, trombonist; Lutulu Kaniki "Macky" - vocalist, composer; Kasongo Foundi "Petit Jean" - drummer, bassist, composer; Lukangika Maindusa "Moustang" - lead guitar, rhythm, composer; Mwepe Mutshi "Cavalou" - trumpet, composer; Lumwanga Mayombo "Ambassadeur" - rhythm, bassist, composer; Mukala Wa Mulumba "Bebe" - drummer, composer; Tabu Ngongo Ildephonse "Supersax" - saxophone, composer; Tshimanga Zadios - saxophone, composer; Twikala Wa Twikale "Petit Pierre" - organ, lead guitar, composer; Kabe Kimambe "Elombe" - organ, lead guitar, composer; Kabebe Mukangwa "Picolo" - bass, composer
1984
ASLP 927
ORCHESTRA VIRUNGA DISCO TIME Samba Mapangala, another Congolese immigrant & leader of Virunga, went onto international fame with releases on UK's Earthworks and French SUN labels.
ASLP 928 LES MANGELEPA LISAPO
1981
ASLP 936
NGUASHI NTIMBO avec L'Orchestre Festival du Zaire SHAURI YAKO
A: Shauri Yako [Ntimbo] / Mami [Stazoya Estha]
B: Simakala [Zele Kabamba] / Kabu [Zele Kabamba]
"Shauri yako" covered by Super Mazembe and Mbilia Bel
1984
ASLP 941
THEO BLAISE BELLE AMICHA
1981
ASLP 943
Sam Mangwana CHERIE MAGY A: TOBOYI TE [Sam Mangwana] / CHERIE MAGY [Syran]
'caB: AFRIQUE-ANTILLES = UN [Sam Mangwana] / À LA CAMEROUNAISE [Pablo]
1982?
ASLP 960
Soki Vangu & Orchestre Belle Bella PETITE ZIZINA
A: Petite Zizina / Nzing Nzong
B: Amina la fille de mon coeur / Soki Vangu aye
[Juan Carlos Mercado Rios] All songs composed by Soki Vangu, 1975-80.
1983
ASLP 973
Sam Mangwana et l'African All Stars INTERNATIONAL SAM MANGWANA A: MATINDA [Sam Mangwana] / ZAMBA Y'AFRICA [Lokassa Ya M'Bongo]
B: DJAMO DJAMO [Sam Mangwana] / EST-CE QUE CA TOURNE? [(Dizzy Mandjeku]
[Ronald Zee]
1983
ASLP 977
VATA MOMBASA "En Colère"
A: Pemba Pemba / Super M'Bondo
B: Qui ne risuqe rien n'a rien / Accident n'fueni
Also: PAPA DISCO Abidjan Cote d'Ivoire, on back; Features Vata Mombasa (ex-Lipua Lipua) leader, Dizzy Mandejeku, guitar solo, Bovy vocals, Julios mi-solo, and Lumingu Puati (ex-Dr Nico) on bass.
1983
ASLP 979
FIDELE ZIZI AU REVOIR CHERIE
1983
ASLP 988
LES MANGELEPA SAFARI YA MANGELEPA Personnel: Kabila Kabanze "Evani" - lead vocals; Kalenga Nzaazi "ViVi" - Vocals; Lutulu Kaniki "Macky" - Vocals; Kawele - solo guitar; Bambu - rhythm guitar; William Tambwe - bass guitar; Tabu Ngongo - sax; Micky - drums; Belly Kanku - trumpet
1985
ASLP 990
ZITANY NEIL & SUZY KASSEYA SULIA TANTINE
1984
ASLP 991
ANTOINE MANANA A: L'amour cherche amour
Trou boule
B: Cimetiere du mariage
Ndeke louga
[Ronald Zee]
1985?
ASLP 996
Franco & L'OK Jazz CAMARADE NINI AKOBOMBA NGAI SANGO A: CAMARADE NINI AKOBOMBA NGAI SANGO / SALIMA
B: MATATA YA MWASI NA MOBALI EKOSILA TE / MACE
1984
ASLP 999
Franco & L'OK Jazz 10 YEARS AGO A: BAMASTA BONNE ANNEE / EBALE YA ZAIRE / CE DOU
B: MOSALA ETINDI / LILIAN / YOKA MEJE
1985
ASLP 1001
Franco & L'OK Jazz FIFTEEN YEARS AGO A: MINOKO / EDO / MOKILI MACARAMBA
B: PRESIDENT LEON MBA / BASI YA MAKANGO / NAKOSALA NAKOLOTA / MWASI YA BA PATRONS
1985
ASLP 1002
MAYAULA MAYONI VEYA
A: Veya
Zebi
B: Poto Poto Ville
Nelly maman
[Ronald Zee]
1985
ASLP 1004
BABA GASTON & ORCHESTRA BABA NATIONAL "Revival"
A1: Adios chou chou
Vichwa viwili
B1: You love my friend
Kosa gani omeer
(All songs composed by Baba Gaston)
1985
ASLP 1006
BABA GASTON & ORCHESTRA BABA NATIONAL "Safari"
A: Nazonga mboka / Safari ya Tanzania
B: Nyongoo mpenda watu / Qui sera sera
(All songs composed by Baba Gaston)
1985
ASLP 1008
JOSKY & DALIENST MEDECIN DE NUIT
1986
ASLP 1015
Sam Mangwana HITS OF MANGWANA A: CANTA MOÇAMBIQUE / SUZANNA COULIBALY / FURAHA YA BIBI
B: BANA BA CAMEROUN / MAMADOU / BAMBARA
(All songs composed by Sam Mangwana)
1986
ASLP 1016
Franco & L'OK Jazz FIFTEEN YEARS AGO VOL.2 A: NZUZI / LUFUA LUA NKADI / NAKOBALA MBWA 1 / NAKOBALA MBWA 2
B: EZUI VOISIN / ZENABA 1 / ZENABA 2 / INOUSA
1986
ASLP 1018
Franco & L'OK Jazz FIFTEEN YEARS AGO VOL.3 A: SENTENCE (YOULOU) / OU EST LE S RIEUX? (FRANCO) / MAKAMBO MANENO (FRANCO) / MASEKE YA MEME (BAVON MARIE MARIE) B: NUMERO TA TL PHONE (YOULOU) / OSABOTE JEAN JEAN (BOYIBANDA) / SUKOLA MOTEMA OLINGA (BRAZZOS) / ANDU WA ANDURA (BOYIBANDA)
1986
ASLP 1024
Franco & L'OK Jazz FIFTEEN YEARS AGO VOL.4
A: ASSITOU / ZENABA (FRANCO) / NAKOBALA MBWA / NZUZI B: LUKIKA (LOLA) / ZANDO YA TIPOTIPO (BOYIBANDA) / LEZI I & II (LUTUMBA) (Recorded in 1973)
1988
ASLP 1028
ZAIKO LANGA LANGA "DIRECT FROM ABIDJAN" A: Angela (Langa Langa Stars)
Bi anyango ?
B: Mama Celina ?
Engenge ( Grand Zaiko Wawa)
[Ronald Zee writes: "I don't think this record contains any Zaiko Langa Langa songs, I mailed the leader Nyoka Longa about it and he mailed me back that he doesn't know anything about it. There are two songs from Zaiko related bands on it."]
1988
ASLP 1037
ZAIKO LANGA LANGA Zaiko Eyi Nkisi mokili / echanger
1988
ASLP 1056
KICHAR CHIEN MECHANT [Cheeku Bidani]
1979
CASLP 2001
Les Wanyika New Dance "LES LES" [Cheeku Bidani] Cassette
1986
ASLP 2004
Les Mangelepa Nyako-konya
A: Embakasi / Maindusa
B: Mimba / Nyako konya
On CD from Tamasha TAM0032
1986?
CASLP 2014
Simba Wanyika SHILLINGI MAUA TENA YAUA A: [Cheeku Bidani] Cassette
1986?
ASLP 2016
Les Mangelepa Second Anniversary Album A: Walter (Kai Kai)
Pambana (Moustang')
Halleluya (Evani)
Maboko Pamba (Macky)
[Barry Eisenberg]
1986?
ASLP 2017
Les Mangelepa Golden Hits of Mangelepa A: Mangelepa Kamili (William)
Kizunguzungu (Kai Kai)
B: Trouble (Bwamy)
Sakina (Coco)
[Barry Eisenberg]
1986?
ASLP 2027
Les Mangelepa Safari ya Mangelepa A: Safari ya Mangelepa
Zoao
B: Harare
Odesia
[Barry Eisenberg]
ASL 2336 Les Mangelepa MANYETO A:Manyeto pt 1
2. Manyeto pt 2
[Cheeku Bidani]; A 45 rpm single
[additions/corrections welcome] Mail to: alastair[at]muzikifan[dot]com ... updated 7 November 2011