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Catalogue       Group                                          A side/B side                                                               Language

Number

DC prefixes


DC 7-301    Wanganangu & S Muiruri        Kamuthei/Ndinakieha


DC 7-306    Kamaru & Gatherine Muthoni  Nogatoroka/Ndari Ikumi Na Inya


DC 332       Continental Revolution 1970   Ogola Ligongo/Opiyo Jimy                               Luo

DC 62-3


DC 336      Continental Revolution 1970    Sunga Kayiem Yawa/Musule Jaruri                  Luo


DC 7-338   Continental Revolution 1970   Owade Mc Adero/Advocate Owino                    Luo


DC 347      Continental Revolution 1970   Nyamwaya J.B/Majid Macmadoro                     Luo

DC 92-3


DC 349       Peter Owiso Ogola                 Ruthina Anyango Guy/Nyar Wendo Taabu         Luo

DC100-01


DC 358       Angoro Stars                        Nyimine Kik Umath Kong'o/Hable Ochieng'        Luo

DC 116-7


DC 367       Continental Revolution 1970   Malawi Jasaye/Wasigu Luorowa Nang'o Yawa    Luo

DC 138-9


DC 380       The Golden Band                   Eva M Auma/A Mboto                                     Luo

DC 161-2


DC 401       Corumba Jazz Band               Ouko Benson/Nyi Agweng                                Luo

DC211-12


DC 404       Abana Ba Nasery                  Khunyweye Fwesi/Nyasaye Yambele                 Luhya


DC 407      Diploma Boys Band                Miruka Jossy/Otieno Marck                              Luo

DC224-25


DC 7-414   K Wanganangu and S Muiri     Ritho Rimenaga Nuamba/Muiritu Wangirigacha Kikuyu


DC 5000 series


DC 7-5007  Nairobi Matata Jazz               M Situ Na Nyika/Unisamehe Mpenzi                  Swahili


DC 5009     Nairobi Matata Jazz               Tereza Sina Ubaya Pts 1 & 2                            Swahili


DC 5013     Nairobi Matata Jazz               Asiya Pts 1 & 2                                               Swahili


DPL prefixes


DPL 7-003  Nairobi Matata Jazz                Maisha Ya Mjini/Penzi Asha                             Swahili


DPL 7-007  Nairobi Matata Jazz                Mama Watoto/Nairobi Matata                          Swahili


DPL 7-008  Nairobi Matata Jazz                Jonge/Mtaa Wa Jericho                                   Swahili


DPL 014     Nairobi Matata Jazz                Mama Nitarudi/Zaina                                      Swahili


DPL 7-016  Nairobi Matata Jazz                Magendo Ya Chebukube Pts 1 & 2                    Swahili


DPL 7-017  Nairobi Matata Jazz                Christmas/Sema Asha                                    Swahili


DPL 7-018  Nairobi Matata Jazz                Kulala Inje Vibaya/Wewe Kijana                      Swahili


DPL 020     Nairobi Matata Jazz                Ugombi Wa Nini?/Mwambie Mama Mtoto          Swahili


DPL 7-021  Nairobi Matata Jazz                Mwana Hamisi Pts 1 & 2                                 Swahili


DPL 022     Nairobi Matata Jazz                Stera Dada Pts 1 & 2                                      Swahili


DPL 7-025  Nairobi Matata Jazz                Tamba Tamba/Kuruka Ukuta                           Swahili


DPL 7-028  Nairobi Matata Jazz                Eliza Pts 1 & 2


DPL 7-029  Nairobi Matata Jazz                Prisila Mwikali/Ramathani                               Swahili


DPL 036     Nairobi Matata Jazz                Suzi Pts 1 & 2                                                Swahili


DPL 7-042  Orch DO7 Shirati                   J Osodo Rich/Fili Nyadundo


DPL 043     Orch Isse Isse                        Mery Pts 1 & 2                                               Swahili


WE prefixes


WE 004      Sumira Jazz Band                   Mungu Nisaidie/Huyu Ni Mama Wangu             Swahili


DCC prefixes


DCC 001    Orch Super Kumba Kumba       Selestine Okanisaka Pts 1 & 2                         Lingala


DCC 011    Bamuza                                  Noel Pts 1 & 2                                               Lingala



KIG prefixes


KIG 002     Ureren Band                          Kinosisige/Torkok                                           Kipsigis


KIG 003     Ururen Band                          Town/Kwondo Ko Kwondo                               Kipsigis


KIG 004     Ururen Band                          Kipchim Chim/Mogondo                                  Kipsigis


KIG 005     Samwel Kimei                        Chumbek/Matakur                                         Kipsigis

                 & Ururen Band


KIG 008     Ururen Band                          Burgei/Sosisiet                                               Kipsigis


KIG 009     Ureren Band                          Kirok Tongung/Chipeteb Kericho                      Kipsigis


KIG 010     Rigat Sukutek Band                Pilim Chepkosgei/Arap Serem                          Kipsigis


KIG 012     Korara Boys Band                   Jorwai/Fitina                                                  Kipsigis










Werner Graebner’s excellent sleevenotes on the LP Abana Ba Nasery: Classic Acoustic Recordings from Western Kenya (Globestyle, 1989) say 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.


Intriguingly DCC 001 features a writing credit for Fan Fan, though I can find no reference to Mose Se Fan Fan playing with Orch Super Kumba Kumba. Mose Se Fan Fan is the former OK Jazz guitarist who went on to form Orch Somo Somo and, with Remmy Ongala, Orch Super Matimila.

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