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One of the labels of the Doromy Instrumental Company in Nairobi - others are Golden Toddy and Pino. This seems to have operated from the late 1970s into the 1980s. One sighter for fixing the sates of these records is DM 23, a song marking 100 years since the arrival of the first Catholic missionaries in Uganda, a centenary celebrated in 1979.


Lunna Kidi are H Ochieng Kabaselleh’s band, a fixture of the Kenyan music scene in the 1970s and 1980s, so it is a surprise to find DM-7 listed as being in Lingala on the label. The band also recorded for Editions Kokise, Pathe, Sango and Vibao.


DM 31 and DM 41 features Somajeko International (DM 41 mispells their name on the label), who also had their own Doromy label, Editions Somajeko. The band featured Sammy Kasule, later with Orch Vundumuna, who also found success as a solo artist. He is now based in Stockholm, Sweden, where he fronts a band called Makonde.


Details of DM 21, supplied by Flemming Harrev from Denmark, suggest that this may be a Swahili and English version of Son of Africa, a song by the same band that appears on Ben’s International sung in Dholuo. Both were presumably released in the wake of Jomo Kenyatta’s death on 22 August, 1978.

DM 5            L'Orch Kasumba Jazz Band             Shangazi/Makulati 'Eh'                        Swahili


DM 7            Lunna Kidi Matata                          Jerome/Helena                                   Lingala


DM 10          Orch Lunna Revolution                   Issa Pts 1 & 2                                     Dholuo


DM 11          Orch Lunna Revolution                   Atieno J Pts 1 & 2                                Dholuo


DM 15          Gony Kalanzi                                 Geddy Pts 1 & 2


DM 16          Golden Kings Band                        Ochieng Adala/Faranga                        Dholuo


DM 17          Makonde International Band           Wandaka Pts 1 & 2                              Swahili


DM 20          Somajeko International                 Enseno Pts 1 & 2                                 Luganda


DM 21          Orch K' Des Dahos                        Tribute to Son of Africa                        Swahili/English

                                                                      Jomo Kenyatta Pts 1 & 2


DM 22          Orch Kyaddondo International        Jangu Omwana/Gkinumanze                Luganda


DM 23          Africa's Brothers Int.                      Uganda Catholic Centenary Pts 1 & 2    Kiganda


DM 27          Cum Dumbe-Dumbe CK Jazz          Big "G" Pts 1 & 2                                 Dholuo


DM 28          Vijana Jazz                                   Jireke Bishe Pts 1 & 2                           Swahili


DM 29          Orch Mawimbi International           Maggie Pts 1 & 2                                  Dholuo


DM 31          Somajeko International Band         Makinda Pts 1 & 2                                Swahili


DM 33          Les Nzoi                                       Fiby Pts 1 & 2                                      Dholuo


DM 36          Orch Makonde Band                      Nayita Ani Pts 1 & 2                             Luganda


DM 39          Vijana Jazz                                   Ngoma Pts 1 & 2                                  Swahili


DM 41          Somajeko International                  Uganda Nyaffe Pts 1 & 2                      Luganda


DM 43          Sammy Kasule                              Nimevumilia Pts 1 & 2                          Swahili

                   & Orch Somajeko International


DM 46          Less Bula Bula Band                      Asante Wasasi Pts 1 & 2                        Swahili


DM 49          Mawimbi International Band           Umoja Wakina Mama Pts 1 & 2              Swahili


DM 50          Lunna Kidi Band                            Karolina Pts 1 & 2                                 Swahili


DM 51          Mawimbi International Band           Lina Pts 1 & 2                                       Swahili


DM 53          Somajeko International Band         Siku-Kuu (Christmas) Pts 1 & 2              Swahili


DM 55          Les Bula Bula Jazz                         Bula Bula Pts 1 & 2                               Swahili


DM 56          Somajeko International                 Riziki Ni Kama Ajali Pts 1 & 2                 Swahili


DM 58          Apollo Komesha                            Marehemu Ester/Nyi Luo Masani            Dholuo


DM 59          Les Muzikanas                              Nzuzi Watali Pts 1 & 2                        


DM 60          Les Muzikanas                              Niurumie Mpenzi Pts 1 & 2                    Swahili


DM 68          Apollo Komesha                            Mpende Mkeo Pts 1 & 2                         Swahili


DM 70          Orch Special Baruti                       Sakina Pts 1 & 2                                   Swahili


DM 74          Eagles Lupopo Band                      Mnaficha Bidhaa/Twampenda Moi           Swahili


DM 75          Mwalimu George                           Rais Moi Pts 1 & 2                                 Swahili

                   & Kakamega School Choir


DM 78          Orch Hi-Fives-Bacherie Bondowe    Kayuyu Pts 1 & 2                                 Lingala/Swahili


DM 79          Orch Shika Shika                          Gor Mahia FC Pts 1 & 2


DM 80          Baba Ilunga Wa Ilunga                  Nakupenda Pts 1 & 2                            Swahili/Lingala


DM 82          Mwenge Jazz Band                        Shomari Pts 1 & 2                                Swahili


DM 84          Apollo Komesha Band                    Mlevi Pts 1 & 2


DM 86          Moja Baba Gaston Band                 Pili Muswahili Pts 1 & 2                         Swahili/Lingala


DM 88          Orch Moja One                              Bibi Arusi Pts 1 & 2


DM 89          Biashara Jazz Band                        Remmy Belesa Pts 1 & 2                      Swahil

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DM 90          Les Copains Noirs                          Kany Kazady Pts 1 & 2


DM 91          Orch Moja One                              Mwana Dada Pts 1 & 2                          Swahili


DM 92          Moja One Band                             Mapenzi Mali Kwa Mali Pts 1 & 2            Swahili


DM 93          Sauti Ya Simba                             Talisisi Pts 1 & 2                                   Lingala


DM 94          Orch Moja One Band                      Maria Pts 1 & 2                                    Swahili


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