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What’s the relationship between these two labels? They have the same logo and almost identical names but Koth Kiyombi is clearly marked as being distributed by AIT (Andrews International and Teal) while Koth Kiyobi lists just Teal as the distributor. The appearance in April 2010 of KIB 612 on eBay from a seller in South Africa suggests that Teal/AIT used the Koth Kiyobi label to sell East African music in either the South African or Zimbabwean markets. Complicating matters, subsequently singles have turned up with the same KIB prefix on Koth Kiyombi rather than Koth Kiyobi.

Koth Kiyombi provided yet another outlet for DO7 Shirati Jazz. DO Misiani’s band recorded songs for the Awendo Rakido, Bwana Otieko Weche, Chiew Rakuthe, Nyati Mkali and Orch DO7 Shirati Jazz labels under their main name as well as for numerous other labels as Shirati Luo Voice and other variants.

Sare River Jazz band are less well known, although they did cut sides for Lake Victoria.

KIB 621 features two veterans of Kenyan music, being written by Benson Simbeye and produced by Daudi Kabaka, who both recorded for Equator Sounds. The label’s numbering system doesn’t appear to follow any logical sequence.

KOTH KIYOMBI/KOTH KIYOBI

Catalogue       Group                                              A side/B side                                                                              Year

Number

KK series


KK 1            Orch DO7 Shirati Jazz              Charles Okumu/Lucia Auma                                        1977


KK 2            Orch DO7 Shirati Jazz              Alfred Opondo/Gilbert O. McOpiyo                               1977


KK 3            Orch DO7 Shirati Jazz              Daniel Mboya/Joseph Oucho


KK 4            Orch DO7 Shirati Jazz             Yamo Oloko/Okeyo Mejor                                            1977


KK 5            Orch DO7 Shirati Jazz              Alice Atieno/Lucy Aoko


KK 6            Orch DO7 Shirati Jazz              Sasana Duogi/Raymond Ouko                                     1977


KK 7            Orch DO7 Shirati Jazz              Gilbert Obinga/B.A. Sobu                                            1977


KK 8            Orch DO7 Shirati Jazz              Piny Lichna/Hellen Akinyi                                            1977


KK 9            Orch DO7 Shirati Jazz             Owiti John/Tom Asunga                                               1977


KK 11          Sare River Jazz Band               Rapar Tabu/Margarete Akumu                                     1978


KK 12          Central K Dumbe Dumbe          Amimo Jakano/Prof. John Onyango


KK 13          Orch DO7 Shirati Jazz              Piny Otumu Mudho/G.K. Jagembe


KH series


KH 78/1       Orch DO7 Shirati Jazz             Jathieth Manyien/Safari Ya Tanzania


KH 78/2       Orch DO7 Shirati Jazz             Mary Atieno/Peter Odera


KH 78/3       Orch DO7 Shirati Jazz             Rossa Anyango/Oula Muomi Tineno


KH 78/4       Orch DO7 Shirati Jazz             CK Ozuoro Chien'g/Ibiro Wuothongi


KH 78/5       Orch DO7 Shirati Jazz             Grace Ni Wangu/Penina Wangu


KH 78/6       Orch DO7 Shirati Jazz             Njoo Tuowane/Mika Akello


KIB series


KIB 389       Orch Shirati DO7 Jazz Band     Mapenzi Ni Kifo/Roby Japvonji                                     1977


KIB 419       Kabras Band                           Beatrice Nasibwondi/Mumela Juma                              1980


KIB 612       Shirati L Voice Jazz                 Selly Karibu Nyumbani/Joice Pod Kins Mar Mon


KIB 621       Semeni Band                          Chisenge Lumbwe Pts 1 & 2                                        1977


KIB 625       Orch C.R. Tipo Tipo                 Awuor Nya Kisumu/Njago RagwelA: George Ojijo          1978


KIB 642       Central K Jazz Band                 Wuoth Iye Ber/Kaleb O Yier                                        1980


KIB 646       Central K Jazz Band                 Kony Uru Joram/Joram Tan'g URU                               1980