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HB prefixes


HB 1            Andrikus Ogayo                    Joseph Adero/Mirego Achieng                     Dholuo


HB 2            Onyango Obonyo & Party      Othur/Odongo Awanda                               Dholuo



HB 3           Freddie B.K. & Andrew K.       Ekibuga Katwe/Nalina Jajja                         Luganda


HB 4           Freddie B.K. & Andrew K.       Freddie Mwana/Night Mama                        Luganda


HB 5           Josse Kockeyo II                   Tarime Hakuna Choyo/Furiji Mbaya              Swahili


HB 6           Joseph Kakai                        Pesa Yasumbua/Nilipata Simu                      Swahili


HB 7           Zakaria Okelo                       Mery Atieno/Ranyondo                                Dholuo


HB 8           Josse Kockeyo II                   Je? Umepata Mimba/Rudi Jumapili               Swahili


HB 9           Joseph Kakai                        Ukiwa Naye Bibi Yako/Safari Yetu Kiambu     Swahili


HB 10         Adero Onani                          Suji Akego/Oyambo Philips                         Dholuo


HB 11          Galabuzi & Party                   Mutesa Najira Musima/Katonda Yalisima      Luganda


HB 12          Nusula & Party                      Kyaberede/Akabira                                    Luganda


HB 13          Simoni Walusinbi & Party       Mirembe Ngalo/Mawugulu                          Luganda


HB 14          Adero Onani                         J.S.N. Ndula/Owiti Ngiye                            Dholuo


HB 16          J.P. Mukasa                          Olida/Mambo Boy                                      Luganda


HB 17          Maganjo Social Club              Nabulagala/Enguli                                     Luganda


HB 18          Kiragonja College                  Kirodo/Kamengeya Bakyala                       Luganda


HB 20          K.B. Charles                         Abakyala Nokusaba/Abaganda Edda            Luganda


HB 21          Galabuzi & Party                   Olumbe Musolo/Alimuje Mera Ani                Luganda


HB 22          Nusula & Party                     Balgulawo/Ai, Baba                                    Luganda


HB 23          Simoni Walusinbi & Party      Sekibobo Olusajja/Kajumba                        Luganda


HB 24          J.P. Mukasa                         Tereza/Nviri Bulange                                  Luganda


HB 25          Maganjo Social Club             A: Buganda Gyebuja                                  Luganda

                                                             B: Okutwalibwa Kwo Mutanda


HB 26          Kiragonja College                 Namugyali/Bona Abebuganda                      Luganda


HB 27          Namale & Party                    Bazira Bear/Ndabirawa                               Luganda


HB 28          Galabuzi & Party                  Omuto Omwana/Omutanda Segwanga         Luganda


HB 29          Nusula & Party                     Awangale/Nakavuma                                  Luganda


HB 30          Festo Ochuka                       Daudi Oganda/Oyumb Maro                        Dholuo


HB 31          G.A.J. Kisumu                      Zelis/Muyanza Wa Kale                               Maragoli


HB 32          Galabuzi & Party                  Balina Esanyu/Nyini Nsi                               Luganda


HB 33          Stonik & Kiprono                  Nandi Kipsigis/Sigai Kele Ngetik                   Kipsigis


HB 34         Josef Kakai                           Mimi Na Rafiki/Tausi Nyakanga                    Swahili


HB 35         Charles Mpembwe                 Maonyo Nyumbani/Twende Nyumbani          Swahili


HB 36         Jim Lasco                             Cha Cha Cha/Warafiki Wambaya                  Swahili


HB 37         George Agade                       Mapenzi Ni Sikilize/Ulikataa Twende            Swahili


HB 38         Shinda Kikombe                    Neri Na Muranga/Tusker                             Kikuyu


HB 39         Ajwang Ogara                       Yuok Okebe/Monika Athiambo                     Dholuo


HB 41         George Agade                       Furah Zetu/Marafiki Wame Niacha               Swahili


HB 42         Isaya Mwinamo                     Wagonjwa Wote/Ruth Wangu                      Swahili


HB 43         Jim Lasco                             Wanaume Wawili/Musichana Muzuri             Swahili


HB 44         Josse Kockeyo II                   Nyama Imelungula/Safari Yangu Tudor        Swahili


HB 46         Isaya Mwinamo                     Bwana Musa/Niliona Paulo                          Swahili


HB 47         Jim Lasco                             Kuoa Nikuzuri/Musiwaamini                         Swahili


HB 48         Mathias Malamba                  Safari Ya Majengo/Niliowa Bibi                     Swahili


HB 7-50      Isaya Mwinamo                    Julieta Uko Wapi/Napenda Jeni                    Swahili


HB 51         Jim Lasco                             Mazoezi/Masikini Na Matajiri                       Swahili


HB 52         Edward Nandwa                    Sheery Murembo Sana/Lawrence Shisanya  Swahili


HB 53         Josse Kockeyo II                   Sammy Kockeyo I/Ngaji Jakagola               Dholuo


HB 55         Ben Blastus                          Violet I Love You/Uzuri Wabibi Ni Mavasi     Swahili


HB 56          Jim Lasco                            Mbele Huchaoa/Kuzaliwa Wawili                  Swahili


HB 57          Isaya Mwinamo                    Nafikiri Fina/Jerida Wangu                         Swahili


HB 58          Adero Onani                         Sadok Odhiambo/Omualo Haluenge           Dholuo


HB 59         Villa Mukugu                        Musumbuko/Nasikitika                               Swahili


HB 60          Group Melody Jazz Band       Melodie Ni Jazz Mzuri/Kuoa Ni Raha            Swahili


HB 61          Peter Muleli & John Wijenje   Nili Lewa/Mama Garlina                             Swahili


HB 62          S.J. Ngaku N'gang'a             Tema Rori/Weru-Ini                                  Kikuyu


HB 63          Chrisanthas Amek                John Opany/Johas Marienga                       Dholuo


HB 64          Stonik & Kiprono                  Chomyet-Ko-O-Got/Onemun Oisurut          Kipsigis


HB 65         G. Adolphs                            Suzana Wangu/Matoto Asome                   Swahili

                  na Tsotse na Nashil


HB 7-66       George Mukabi                    Mtoto Singuo/George Utaenda na Nini         Swahili


HB 68          Adero Onani                         Makarius Odhiambo/Ombuya Gi Akoth       Dholuo


HB 72          Isaya Mwinamo                    Niko Taabuni/Wimbo Ya Uruma                  Swahili


HB 74          Edward Nandwa                   Ofafa Jericho/Wanajiita, Sisi Wahuni           Swahili


HB 84          Peter Muleli                          Dina Tuowane/Mbona Wana Wake              Swahili


HB 7-85       Jim Lasco                             Mambo Ya Mungu/Vijana Kumbukeni          Swahili




The following two singles in the HB series were issued after the publication of the CMS catalogue given to me by Flemming Harrev


3/HB 68       Adero Onani                        Makarius Odhiambo/Ombuya Gi Akoth        Luo


HB 81          Adero Onani                        Were/ Sande Monika

(Nigerian pressing)



CMS prefixes


CMS 7-10     John Mwale                         Shirikishola Africa/Kenyatta Aliteswa          Swahili


CMS 7-85    Jim Lasco                             Vijana Kumbukeni/Mambo Ya Mungu         Swahili


CMS 101      Medico Jazz Band                Independence Wa Africa/Maria                   Swahili/Lingala


CMS 7-102   Edward Nandwa                  Tom Mboya Baba Yetu/ Kazi Ya Ki Boy         Swahili


CMS 103      S.A. Koros & Z.A. Bett          Mewe Jinja/Rebecca                                  Kipsigis


CMS 104      Stonik & Kiprono                  Bongora Morik/Anyiny Kimyo                     Kipsigis


CMS 7-105  John Mwale                       Pesa Zaharibu/Bibi Aki Kuturoka           Swahili


CMS 105     Adero Onani                      Isao Obiero/K. Ankinyi                            Luo


CMS 106      Edward Nandwa                  Bibi Wa Mapengo/Vijana Na Maradhi           Swahili


CMS 107      Medico Jazz Band                Bakonzi Wa Africa/Maria Osangi                 Swahili/Lingala


CMS 108      Isaya Mwinamo                   Nili Mdanganya/Kumwa Mbia Bibi               Swahili


CMS 109      Josse Kockeyo II                 Ondoka Jikoni/Mboya Nairobi                     Swahili


CMS 110      Jim Lasco                           Baba Kumbuka/Samuel Ndeje                    Swahili


CMS 111      Mathias Mlamba                  Asie Penda Shule/Ukizaliwa Peke                Swahili


CMS 112      Bunyore Band                      Jafred Ambani/Oluchendo Lwe Ebunyore    Bunyore


CMS 113      Josse Kockeyo II                 Mayonga Henry/Owalla Dick                       Luo


CMS 114      Isaya Mwinamo                   Usiamini Rafiki/Ebu Jameni                        Swahili


CMS 115      Josse Kockeyo II                 Hakuna Kazi/Kenya Tutaipata                     Swahili


CMS 116      Stonik & Kiprono                 Ilenjin Boger/Igergir Wetete                       Kipsigis


CMS 117      Charles Sonko                    Kigonjwa Kikubwa/Kwenu Cha Cha Cha       Swahili


CMS 118     Isaya Mwinamo                Barua Ya Mpenzi/KADU Na KANU           Swahili


CMS 7-118  E'Rafricain Band               Tucheze Mirenge/Kenyatta Uwalinde    Swahili


CMS 119      Bunyore Band                     Khabilutsi Nende Rudeca/Rubeni Ayuyu      Bunyore


CMS 120      Josse Kockeyo II                 Bibi Ukumbuke/Bibi Ni Kizuri                      Swahili


CMS 121      Stonik & Kiprono                 Kyorute Soi/Kyangeten Ndaiga                   Kipsigis


CMS 122      Ben Blastus                        Mpenzi Nipe Pete/I Have Got A Baby           Swahili


CMS 123     Jason Olulo                         Walter Odhiambo/Sigana Mar Wagombe       Luo


CMS 124      George Mukabi                   A: George Ana Penda Aromo                       Swahili

                                                           B: Vizuri Kulipa Kodi


CMS 125      Adero Onani                        Kamlus Odhiambo/Benjamin Ochido           Luo


CMS 126      Murioki                               Kamagambo/Wendo Nimahua                    Kikuyu


CMS 127      Mathias Mlamba                  Bibi Usilie Mtoto/Roza                                Swahili


CMS 128      J. Sichanga                         Uhuru Na Kazi/Kuchunga Mabusu               Swahili


CMS 129      Kipchambai Araptapotok      Ngalek/Bordo                                            Kipsigis


CMS 130      Adero Onani                       Benjamin Asir/Gaudensia Apiyo                   Luo


CMS 131      Remy and Kabeya               Bibi Nasuna/Bibi Ameniibia                         Swahili


CMS 132      Isaya Mwinamo                   Kenya Inakwenda Mbio/Bibi Wasura Nzuri   Swahili


CMS 133      Kabeya Apollinaire               Eya Bibi Maria/Wakuba Wa Africa               Swahili


CMS 134      Orch Rico                           Pole Pole Utafika/Lusiya Tuta Rudisha Mali   Swahili


45CMS 135  G Adolphs                           Africa Tusikilizane/Mpenzi Katerina             Swahili

                  na Tsotse na Nashil


CMS 136     Isaya Mwinamo                    Elizabeth Rudi/Ku Uza Scholarship             Swahili


CMS 137     Jim Lasco                            A: Miaka Tatu Sina Kazi                            Swahili

                                                            B: Nasikitika Kwa Peter


CMS 138     John Wijenje                        Nilizani Aliye Soma/Ukiwa Nabibi Mzuri      Swahili


CMS 140      Orchestre Rico                    Utala Baridi/Etamboli Yabiso                      Swahili/Lingala


CMS 141      Kabeya Apollinaire               Napesi Maria/Baila Cha Cha Cha                Swahili/Lingala


CMS 143      George Mukabi                    Ramlus Tunga Nisamehe/Hatuna Bahati     Swahili


CMS 145      Adero Onani                        Jafth Odero/Jacobo Ochola                        Luo


CMS 146     Isaya Mwinamo                    Kenya Inawaka Moto/Masumbuko Wangu   Swahili


CMS 147     Mathias Malamba                  Hujaoa Bibi/Marafiki Wengi                       Swahili


CMS 7-151   John Wijenje                       Mpenzi Rita/CMS Ya Sikuhizi                      Swahili


CMS 7-158   Isaya Mwinamo                    Nairobi Ni Kubwa/Rosa Umeniua


CMS 172      John Wijenje                        Maisha Ya Watoto/Dorika Untsamee          Swahili


CMS 7-174   Isaya Mwinamo                    Legko Akuna Wanawake/Usitumie Ngufu   Swahili


CMS 175      John Wijenje                       ‘Nyota' Twist/Magaterena                          Swahili


CMS 45-201 Christopher Sebadduka        Tereza/Abana Bobuwala                            Luganda


CMS 202      Galabuzi & Party                  Buganda Yesiga Lukiko/Nakatanza             Luganda


CMS 203      Magembe with                     Wesirya/Obukyayi                                    Luganda

                   Kampala City Six Band


CMS 204      Freddie Kanyike                   Elena Wange/Olowoza Kwani                    Luganda


CMS 205      Gerad Mukasa                     A: Obugumba Nobuwulu                           Luganda

                                                            B: Omulkyala Owomunju


CMS 206      Christopher Sebadduka        Abalenzi Na Bawala/Mukyala                     Luganda


CMS 207      Zakaria & Party                   Alimujemera/Buganda Dembe                   Luganda


CMS 208      Nusula & Party                     Mama Nyabo/Katusabe Katonda               Luganda


CMS 209      Galabuzi & Party                  Abali Ebuzinde/Banansi Balikpulani            Luganda


CMS 210      Magembe with                     Jukira Byewalayira/Abaganda Bafirwa        Luganda

                   Kampala City Six Band


CMS 211      Freddie Kanyike                   Onimba Limba/Yeye Mama                       Luganda


CMS 212      Zakaria & Party                    A: Buganda Yabuzaliraanwa                     Luganda

                                                             B: Omukisa Omuzale


CMS 213      Nusula & Party                     Senga Mutude Bulungi/Bagala Mutesa       Luganda


CMS 214      Galabuzi & Party                  Mutesa Wamirembe/Umwami                    Luganda


CMS 215      Kuluseni & Party                  Amayiso Kodo/Envunza Gyamulya             Busoga


CMS 216      Visenti Balva & Party            Sundya/Malaya Yanguza Mpiti                   Busoga


CMS 217      Christopher Sebadduka        Bavubuka Banage/Munsi - Gyempita          Luganda


CMS 218      Galabuzi & Party                  Obufuzi Bwabuganda/Alowozo Byankola     Luganda


CMS 219      Nusula & Party                    Benzi Egenze/Abalenzi Balabaganye           Luganda


CMS 220      W. Samuel                          Yampa Mulungi/Namutebi                         Luganda


CMS 221      J. Mukasa                           Dali Nkwagala/Tegeza Mukyalawo              Luganda


CMS 222      Evalisto N. Muyinda             Ofumise Magenjeke/Etaka Sirye Nanya       Luganda


CMS 223      Juma Towaza & Party           Duuma/Kyairambuga                                Busoga


CMS 224      Kuluseni & Party                  Ntyabula Mugongo/Omuzimba Kungira       Busoga


CMS 225      Visenti Balva & Party            A: Wamwenge Nansindeka                        Busoga

                                                             B: Omusolo Omugereke


CMS 226      J. Mukasa                            Mwana Wange/Bavubuka                          Luganda


CMS 227      Evalisto N. Muyinda              Esawa Ya Bulange/Omwenge Kikulu           Luganda


CMS 228      Christopher Sebadduka         Josephine/Olulimi                                     Luganda


CMS 229      African Music Society            Singa/Twalinya Mukoyoto                         Luganda


CMS 231      Christopher Sebadduka         Ngulira Beer/Eddambe Lyechwa                Luganda


CMS 317      Were Owadiga Arongo          Piter Otieno/Ambiche                                Luo


CMS 319      Pius Olima                           Roslinda Munda/Stakus Seko                     Luo


CMS 320      Pius Olima                           Oyugi/Ochieng                                         Luo


CMS 321      Ogola Opot                          Domtila Ogola/Saundu and Obuno             Luo


CMS 322      Ogola Opot                          Ohawa A & B                                           Luo


CMS 324      Achual Nyamwanga              Akumu Aughie/Obeal                                Luo


CMS 326      Jason Olulo                         Walter Ochieng/Wagome                           Luo


CMS 329      Pius Olima                           Ogol/Oginga                                            Luo


CMS 330      Pius Olima                           Kamaria/Ochuodho Omari                         Luo


CMS 331      Ogola Opot                          Birgita Onyango/Jemsi Odek                     Luo


CMS 333      Bunyore Band                      Disoni Watsia/Murebe Alosa Omukhana     Bunyore


CMS 345      Wataga Ombanya                 Owino/Ombanya                                     Luo


CMS 348      Wataga Ombanya                 Omondi/Oluoch                                       Luo


CMS 361      Murioki                                Gatina (Rumba)/Ndirugaga                       Kikuyu


CMS 364      J. Mwale                              Wakati Toka Nairobi/Kufata Bibi                Swahili


CMS 366      W. Laboso & Party                 Bandap Tai/Kowe Waldai                         Kipsigis


CMS 367      Adero Onani                         Oduong/Marikos                                      Luo


CMS 369      Kishamba Player                   Zebedayo/Saa-Nane                                Taita/Swahili


CMS 371      Murioki                                 Mambolew (Rumba)/Tiga Kwona              Kikuyu


CMS 372     Adero Onani                          Adero/Ochola                                          Luo


CMS 373      Emmangali Band                  Ben Yelanga/Abuyeka                              Bunyore


CMS 374      J. Mwale                              Bibi Usi Fate Njia/Bwana Peter                  Swahili


CMS 381      Bwoga Osanga                     Otieno/O. Abele                                       Luo


CMS 382      John Matingi                        None Kala/Mumanza                                Akamba


CMS 384      J. Mwale                              Toka Kwetu Kampala/Robai                      Swahili


CMS 385      Peter Tsotse                        Bwana Benard Magoli/Ukigenga Nyumba    Swahili


CMS 390      Ebuchero Band                     A: Abemitaro Bacnonyinjia                        Bunyore

                                                             B: Abkhana Ne Tsinyasi


CMS 392      J. Mwale                              Kitambo Sanna/Baba Mazuri                     Swahili


CMS 393      Peter Tsotse                        Kasae/Msichana Nakupenda                      Swahili


CMS 394      Harry Kays & Sisters            Nijui No Ndikuona/Tiga Kurira                    Kikuyu


CMS 395      Murioki                               Mwendi Mwango/Rugano Rua Mirani           Kikuyu


CMS 399      Mwololo Musyimi                  Meri/Mwambili Lyo                                   Akamba


CMS 400      Mwololo Musyimi                  Numite Ki Taingo/Ngai-Te-Thya                Akamba


CMS 407      Galabuzi & Party                  Bakera/Yoga Yoga                                    Luganda


CMS 409      Zakariya & Party                  Serukera/Namaliri                                    Luganda


CMS 413      J. Mwale                              We Bibi Wangu/Hayu Ni Mtu Nzuri            Swahili


CMS 414       S.J. Ngaku N'gang'a            Rosana/Mbari Ya Ndia Ruru                       Kikuyu


CMS 415      Peter Tsotse                        Dunia Aina Wema/Bibi Usile                      Swahili


CMS 416       Jery Oram                          Chodororo/Dikson Opiyo                           Luo


CMS 417       John Lango                         Oyango Obel/Tom Mbuya                         Luo


CMS 418       Adero Onani                       Isaka/Josifi Na                                         Luo


CMS 7-420   S.J. Ngaku Ng'ang'a             Mwendwa Wakwa/Uui Uui                        Kikuyu


CMS 421      Adero Onani                        Odera/Anyango                                       Luo


CMS 424      Adero Onani                        Yalawa/Oyugi                                          Luo


CMS 425      Pius Olima                           Menya/Jackton Mayo                               Luo


CMS 426      Zakariya & Party                  Mukungane/Mutesa Yada                         Luganda


CMS 427      Nusula & Party                     Sulayo Akayinja/Tayina Buyinja               Luganda


CMS 428      Stanley & Party                    Oblamu Bwamere/Munange Omwagalwa  Luganda


CMS 429      Galabuzi & Party                  Kintu/Okumenya Endagano                      Luganda


CMS 430      Walta Onyiero                      Ogada/Anyango                                      Luo


CMS 431      Zakaria & Party                    Kunsiko Yange/Akyete Gereza                  Luganda


CMS 432      Nusula & Party                     Kasenya Nku/Owamayenbe                      Luganda


CMS 433      Stanley & Party                    Amakago Oligatekawa/Ayini Muno            Luganda


CMS 434      Galabuzi & Party                   Basude/Bazongere                                  Luganda


CMS 435      Josef Masinde                      Kureta/Tepia                                           Bukusu


CMS 436      Sulemani Kutukhulu             Ndijilae/Waraka Bufula                             Bukusu


CMS 437      Sifuna Fwati                        Makombe/Asoya                                      Bukusu


CMS 442      Ajwang Ogara                     J. Oludhe/Nyagoa                                     Luo


CMS 444      Walta Onyiero                      Aguire/Ouku                                           Luo


CMS 445      Josef Masinde                      Nakhetuya/Spiringi                                  Bukusu


CMS 446      Sulemani Kutukhulu             Khwenyanga Style/Noya                           Bukusu


CMS 447      Sifuna Fwati                        Wamatere/Kumukoy                                 Bukusu


CMS 449      Ajwang Ogara                      Rambim/Oyare                                        Luo


CMS 450      Joel A. Talam & Party            Chemolel/Rubosiek                                 Kipsigis


CMS 451      John K. Korgoren                  Chepkolinyet/Tuiparak                            Kipsigis

                   and Kiprotich


CMS 452      William Oswera                    F.W. Okodo/Otam Shumba                       Luo


CMS 453      Zedekia Onyango                 Dianga/J. Owiti                                        Luo


CMS 454      J. Mwale                              Nitakwenda/Nalia Mali                              Swahili


CMS 456      Mikah Njiru                          Ndinakuruma/Murithi-Wa-Ngombe            Kikuyu


CMS 457      Joel A. Talam & Party           Tongilo/Obot Mesundei                             Kipsigis


CMS 458      W. Laboso & Party               Nyebut Chego/Wuiiye                               Kipsigis


CMS 459      J. Mwale                              Shery Na Tanga/Safari Yangu                   Swahili


CMS 460      John Lango                         Kilmeth Ochieng/E. Jagongo                      Luo


CMS 461      Adero Onani                        M. Wanyungu/Vendi Mbadi                        Luo


CMS 462      Adero Onani                        Okwaro/Oyugi                                          Luo


CMS 463      William Oswera                    Saya Apudo/Chogo                                   Luo


CMS 464      J. Mwale                              Masengenyo/River Road                            Swahili


CMS 465      W. Laboso & Party                Ndegere Chi/Choronok                              Kipsigis


CMS 466      Cipso Kids                           Mapenzi Liza/Hakika Na Juwa                     Swahili


CMS 467      Yoseph Onyango                  Okelo/Ojwang                                           Luo


CMS 468      Adero Onani                         Monikia/Dianga                                        Luo


CMS 469      J. Mwale                              Mapenzi Nakumbuka/Bibi Usinde Mbali       Swahili


CMS 470      Ajwang Ogara                      Jafeth Ajuang/Thadayo Oware                   Luo


CMS 471      Walta Onyiero                      Jemsi Onyango/Kalembo Olool                  Luo


CMS 472      J. Mwale                              Salamu Zangu/Nasubuka                          Swahili


CMS 473      Adero Onani                        Joswa Owino/Shem Ameso                         Luo


CMS 474      Stonik & Kiprono                  Iyo-Te Te/Chamogerin Cherono                  Kipsigis


CMS 475      Mikah Njiru                          Kenya Kenya/Mori-Na-Ndegwa                   Kikuyu


CMS 476      Adero Onani                        Ongues/Radier Opalo                                 Luo


CMS 477      J. Mwale                              Vijana Kisasi/Mpenzi Josina                       Swahili


CMS 478     Josse Kockeyo II                   Musa Omolo/Joshwa Owuor                        Luo


CMS 479     Yoseph Onyango                   Manuel/Yusto Omolo                                  Luo


CMS 480     Adero Onani                         Edward Wajewa/Francis Mbhoga                 Luo


CMS 481     Walta Onyiero                       Nidemo Siko/Thomas Gogi                         Luo


CMS 483     Josse Kockeyo II                   Policarp Ochola/Samwel Ohodho                 Luo


CMS 484     Jerry Oream                         Joseph Nyandero/Nakisu Ongoje                 Luo


CMS 485     Arap Chumo                          Betusiechu Kimute/Logok Chemengech      Kipsigis


CMS 486      George Agade                      Kwetu Kenya/Selina Wangu                       Swahili


CMS 488      J Masinde Narobile                Khumanya/Kamasoma                             Bukusu


CMS 489       Sifuna Fwati                        Elisa/Butelua                                           Bukusu


CMS 490      George Agade                      Elina Analia/Kijana Usisikitike                    Swahili


CMS 491      Adero Onani                         Alfred Owiti/Suzana                                 Luo


CMS 492      Adero Onani                         Rafael Oneya/Joseph Atogo                      Luo


CMS 493      Charles Mpembwe                Sera Mpenzi/Maisha Kazini                        Swahili


CMS 494      J Masinde Narobile                Kaptama/Siyombe                                   Bukusu


CMS 495       Sifuna Fwati                        Nasongo/Siboti                                        Bukusu


CMS 496      Philipo Imbenzi                    Sikitiko Moyo/Sheri Wangu                        Swahili


CMS 498      Josef Kakai                          Mapenzi Ulipokwenda/Risavu                     Swahili


CMS 499      Adero Onani                         William Ongonga/Samwel Olonde              Luo


CMS 500      Jim Lasco                            Raha Na Taabu/Kupemeleza                      Swahili


CMS 501      Sifuna Fwati                         Wanyama/Mumaidi                                 Bukusu


CMS 502      Nyingesa Wanami                 Mayanja/Tina                                         Bukusu


CMS 503      Ben Blastus                         A: Ukitembea Natemeka                           Swahili

                                                             B: Jane Mpenzi (Cha Cha)


CMS 504      Isaya Mwinamo                    Bibi Josca/Kutafuta Kazi Miesi Sita             Swahili


CMS 506      Galabuzi & Party                  Lumuba/Twasenga Mutesa                        Luganda


CMS 507      Zakaria & Party                    Okwefuga Kwa Uganda/Kamya                 Luganda


CMS 508      Magembe                            Abataka Basaja/Mweraba                         Luganda

                   & the City Six Band


CMS 509      Sifuna Fwati                         Kabuchai/Lukongo                                   Bukusu


CMS 510      Shinda Kikombe                   A: Ndaibu Wa Kagatho                             Kikuyu

                                                             B: Ndongomos Ya Shinda


CMS 511      Isaya Mwinamo                    Mpenzi Josifina/Namulia Rehema               Swahili


CMS 512      Jim Lasco                            Mzee Mmoja/Nili Kwambia                         Swahili


CMS 513      Isaya Mwinamo                    Mpenzi Tina/Kila Mwaka                            Swahili


CMS 514      Sifuna Fwati                        Nasikiko Wamuganda/Butamba                  Bukusu


CMS 515     Ben Blastus                        Weka Hakiba Bwana/Sitaki Bibi Milele Swahili


CMS 515     Galabuzi & Party                Buganda Togitiriranga/Ekiri-E-Congo   Luganda


CMS 516      K.M.Q. Saimon                     Bana Bawala/Obugya Nebuba                    Luganda

                    & City Six Band


CMS 517      Omari Waswa                       Khujengo/Lalondo                                    Bukusu


CMS 518      Jason Olulo                          Filemon Oyaro/Wilson Ayodo                     Luo


CMS 519      Adero Onani                         Rosalia Alele/Richard Hadulo                     Luo


CMS 520      George Mukabi                     Hali Ya Binadamu/Safari Ya Kisa                Swahili


CMS 521      Murioki                                Njikariathi/Gikoma                                    Kikuyu


CMS 522      Kipchambai Araptapotok       Teret/Pesendo                                          Kipsigis


CMS 523      Zacharia A. Bett                   Bororiot/Rigunyu                                      Kipsigis


CMS 524      Remy and Kabeya                Wazazi Wa Bibi/Ilunga Ni Wako                  Swahili


CMS 525      Ajwang Ogara                      Lejiko Marwa/Kindu Bay                            Luo


CMS 526      Kabeya Apollinaire               Sheri Madelene/Mpenzi Rosa                      Swahili


CMS 527      Adero Onani                        Margret Achola/Joseph Okelo                     Luo


CMS 528      Sifuna Foti                           Nakhanu/Solika                                        Bukusu


CMS 529      Omari Waswa                      Nibasha Kalimunda/Mungani                      Bukusu


CMS 530      George Mukabi                    Wapikachi Guitar/Sikuhisi Namuna Kani      Swahili


CMS 531      Kabeya Apollinaire               Magaribi Kunyumba/Mpenzi Wangu Koleta  Swahili


CMS 532      Orch Rico                            Obandi Bipadenayo/Tala Bozoba Yabaasi     Swahili


CMS 533      Adero Onani                        Janes Musewe/Omboya Giakoth                 Luo


CMS 534      George Mukabi                    Pesaa Ni Muteko/Ukitaka Mayisha Mema     Swahili


CMS 535      Sifuna Foti                           Khukendie Khualua/Butelua                      Bukusu


CMS 536      Omari Waswa                      Weyama/Webulwa Mulala                          Bukusu


CMS 537      Isaya Mwinamo                   Nisiku Nyingi/Paulina Cha Cha Cha             Swahili


CMS 538      G. Adolphs                          Usifuate Usafi/Samba Ya Christmas            Swahili

                  na Tsotse na Nashil


CMS 539      Jim Lasco                            Siri Ya Wakarani/Viogozi Wa Africa             Swahili


CMS 550     J Abudu Kazoba                    Kupata Taabu/Kuna Bwana Wegine            Swahili


CMS 7-563  John Wijenje                        A: Kupendana na Ndugu                           Swahili

                                                            B: Mtoto Kukosa Masomo 


CMS 7-640  James Kigongo & Nasor-Ali    Mukyala Komawo/Agalirara                        Luganda


45CMS 708  John Mwale                          Shirikishola Africa/Kenyatta Aliteswa          Swahili


CMS 7-2005  W. John Ndolo                    Kipusa Wa Malembe/Safari Ya Nigeria         Swahili


CMS 7-2008  W. John Ndolo                    Sina Baba Na Mama/Safari Ya Tanzania      Swahili


CMS 2012    Kilwa Jazz Band                   Tungazako/Mungu Tulinde                         Swahili


CMS 7-2020 Kilwa Jazz Band                   Shirikisho/Chakula Milyamwe                     Swahili


CMS 7-2029 Ogola Opot                          Jumo Odera/Osanyo Nyager                      Luo


CMS 2034    Murioki & Party                    Kawanjiru Gambia/Wamuari                      Kikuyu

KKM 3


TOP prefixes


45 TOP 1      John Mwale & R. Shimbiro   A: Vijana Mnayesoma                                Swahili

                                                            B: Watatu Hatjui Kingerezi


TOP 6          Justin A Sanga                    A: Ulipenda Mwenyewe                              Swahili

(Nigerian pressing)                                B: Tanganyika-Kenya-Uganda


TOP 7-10     John Mwale                          Shirikishola Africa/Kenyatta Aliteswa        Swahili


45 Top 23    John Ndolo                           Shiri wa Wijana/Dugu Sikuzane                Swahili


TOP 7-28    The Symekhersons                Welcome to Africa/Taabu Ya Wizi               English


AFR prefixes


AFR 2001    Jaluo Tribal Song                  Machungua/Kenya Wacho Harambee/Nyatiti/Gusu


AFR 2003    Wakamba Women                Muthu Wa Njugu/Exotic Tribal Song/Baluhya music/Nylon


AFR 2004    Wakambas                           Exotic Lukhani/Uhuru Kenya/Old Folk/Tereza



JO prefixes


JO 7-116     The Symekhersons                Remember Africa Rises/Jionee Usiku         English/Swahili


JO 7-121     Mikah Njiru and Mugo            Ndiri Ungi Nyenda/Coka Kwanyu               Kikuyu


JO 7-125     John Mwale                           Watoto Wa Kusoma/Na Sumbuka Sana     Swahili


QB prefixes


QB 150       J. Abadu Kazoba                     Kupata Taabu/Kuna Bwana Wengine

(A-side credit is to J. Abudu;

B-side to Kazoba)


QB 152        Isaya Mwinamo                    Juliet Uko Wapi/Napenda Juni                    Swahili

(A-side credit is to I. Sya;

B-side to Mwinamo)


QB 153        Saimon & Party                    Awona Twist/Kuwaza


QB 157        Jim Lasco                             Cha Cha Cha/Warifiki Wabaya                   Swahili


Other prefixes


UHU 7-63/   John Ndolo with                    Haukutoka Binguni/Shokoloko Bango        Swahili

19W            Ngambotano Boys


CH 7-101     Congo River Band                Zainabu Ukowapi/Kimacho Macho


CH 7-118     E'Rafricain Band                   Kenyatta Uwalinde/Tucheze Mirege            Swahili


CH 7-127     Oduor Omogo                      Okanda/Omogo                                        Dholuo


7xCAS 20     Peter Tsotsi Na Nashil          Wasi Wasi Ya Nini/Nairobi Muzuri               Swahili

(Nigerian pressing has cat no UK 1010)


7XCAS         Congo River Band                Hata Kaburini/Kazi Na Fanya

43-44

(Nigerian pressing has cat no UK 1022)


What it doesn’t explain are the other catalogue numbers that have appeared. CMS 7-10, 45CMS 708 and TOP 7-10, for example, all feature the same songs and in one instance with the A and B sides reversed - you can hear Shirikishola Africa on YouTube incidentally. Was 45CMS 708 a reissue, while the TOP prefix was used for exports further abroad, even though the records still say they were produced by CMS in Nairobi? Or are they all reissues just released several years apart?


Matters aren’t helped by the fact that in three instances records were issued with the same catalogue numbers. All of these duplications are highlighted in bold. In the case of CMS 515, the duplication occurs in the CMS catalogue itself, suggesting that someone slipped up within the company itself at least at the proofreading stage.


There is also the problem that some records are labeled CMS National Record and others CMS African Record. Again, was the name changed at some point or were the two names used to distinguish the label in different markets?


CMS

The vast majority of information in this listing, though, comes from Flemming Harrev in Denmark who very kindly supplied me with a photocopy of a CMS catalogue, cover pictured left,  in April 2012. Although undated, it was probably published in the 1960s and lists 283 singles as being current in the CMS catalogue. A useful indicator of date is the B-side of CMS 118 by Isaya Mwinamo with its reference to KADU, the Kenyan African Democratic Party, which was set up by Ronald Ngala in 1960 and absorbed into KANU in 1964 after losing the country’s first general election the year before.


The catalogue establishes that the CMS and HB catalogue numbers were the main series - in Kenya at least. The catalogue contains catalogue numbers CMS 101-147; 201-231; 317-399; 400-499; 500-539 and HB 1-66. None of these runs are complete, suggesting some titles were produced and then deleted, mainly one assumes because they didn’t sell in sufficient quantities to be re-pressed.


The catalogue also tells us a little bit about the company. All CMS records were recorded by Mr Meghji (Kaka), pictured below, who presumably owned the business. Recordings were issued in Kiswahili, Jaluo, Baluhiya, Bukusu, Bunyore, Busoga, Luganda, Kikuyu, Maragoli, Wakamba and Kipsigis, a much wider linguistic range than I had previously thought and with a clear eye on both the Kenyan and Ugandan markets. Notable, too, are the records in Kiswahili and Lingala, which must be among the earliest recordings by Congolese musicians in East Africa.


Capital Music Stores in Nairobi produced records from the 1950s to the 1970s, with most of these singles appearing to date from the 1960s. In summer 2010 Greg Butler, a dealer in rare vinyl and shellac in Cambridge, UK, pointed out that CMS issued 78s as well as 45rpm records. Although I haven’t listed any 78s, largely due to personal workload and lack of expertise in the area, one of Greg’s 78s takes Mau Mau leader Dedan Kimathi as its subject, which suggests shellac was produced post-Independence in Kenya.


I’d like to thank Greg for contributing five 45s to this listing; Matthew Lavoie, formerly of Voice of America, for CMS 7-151; Doug Paterson for HB 7-50, HB 7-66 and CM 7-158  - I particularly like the sound of Isaya Mwinamo’s Nairobi Ni Kubwa (Nairobi is Big); Richard Noblett for CH 7-118, 45CMS 135 and 45CMS 708; Andrew Guthrie for JO 7-121, which he found in a Hong Kong flea market of all places.