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Catalogue       Group                                                 A side/B side                                 Year                             Language

Number

PEA series


PEA 19        Orch Lunna-Kidi                       Furaha Kwetu Kenya/Dada Pili                                Swahili


PEA 26        Le Mellow Succes                     Safari Mbali/Baina Baina                                         Swahili


PEA 30        Les Foudres                             Naboi Bombanda/Duma-Koko                                 Lingala


PEA 34        Franco & TPOK Jazz                  Mercelina/Mado                                                     Lingala


PEA 63       Verckys & Son Ensemble            Anna/Mosika Zonga                                               Lingala


PEA 68       Orch Alberthos                         Mbongo/Marie-Mado


PEA 69       Orch African Kings                    Bon Anniversaire/Papa Bernard Bongo


PEA 77       Verckys and His Veve Band        Photo Temoin/Eh! Motema                                     Lingala


PEA 78       Verckys and His Veve Band        Traficant/Sanza Ezili Te                                          Lingala


PEA 79       TPOK Jazz                                 Na Bali/Salongo na Zaire                                       Lingala


PEA 80       Todi National 72                        A: Rahel Ruth Adega No 2                                      Luo

                                                                B: Jemina Akinyi


PEA 81       Todi National 72                        Patrick Gundo/Dalawa Ramba                                 Luo


PEA 82       Todi National 72                        A: Ibrahim Malomba                                              Luo

                                                                B: Duond Jo Todi National


PEA 83        Vipers Jazz                              Uganda Garments/Amin Dada


PEA 84        The Loi Toki-Tok                      Leta Ngoma/Jennie                                                Swahili


PEA 86        The Loi-Toki-Tok                      Ware Wa/Tabu Namashaka


PEA 87        Vipers Jazz                              Georgette/Mboka Etumba


PEA 88        Loi-Toki-Tok                            Amalia/Lakusema Mimi Sina


PEA 89        Santa Loi-Toki-Tok Jasta           A: Wakati Nilikuwa Na Baba                                   Swahili

                                                                B: Siwezi Kulala


PEA 91       The Band Musi O Tunya            N'gombe Shalaya/Smoke


PEA 92        Somo-Somo                            Polele/Pole-Pole-Confiance                                      Lingala


PEA 100     Les Ngembo                             Nakufa/Chou-Chou                                                 Lingala


PEA 101     Les Ngembo                             Bolingo B-B/Mobali Ya Bunya                                  Lingala


PEA 107     Franco & OK Jazz                      Laissez-Moi Voir Franco/Zaire                                 Lingala


PEA 108      Les Bantous De La Capitale       Isabelle Mwana Ya Kin/Macaro                                Lingala


PEA 112      Franco & OK Jazz                     Azda Pts 1 & 2                                                       Lingala


PEA 115      Franco & OK Jazz                     Bano Brekete/Zando Ya Tipotipo                             Lingala


PEA 116      Geraldino Pino                         Born to be Free/Right in the Center

                  and His Heart Beat


PEA 118      OK Jazz                                  Lukika/Sukola Motema Olinga                                  Lingala


PEA 120      Franco & OK Jazz                     Ye No 1/Ye No 2                                                     Lingala


PEA 121      Fela Ransome Kuti                   Lady Pts 1 & 2                                                       English

                  & His Africa 70


PEA 123      Orch Mando Negro                  Lelo Ya Yo Lobi Na Ngai/Nana Louise Base


PEA 131      Orch Mando Negro                  Biographie/Azina


PEA 142      Rebels                                   Manicero /Mwasi Ya Boko


PEA 143      Ifanza                                    B.B./Djo


PEA 145      Orch TPOK Jazz                      Libala Ya Bondongo/Malata                                       Lingala


PEA 148      La Creche Dyala                      Uganda/Nzambe Batela Idi Amin


PEA 149      Djilba et La Creche Dyala         Omanga/Kuratex


PEA 150      Zaiko Langa Langa                  Mbeya Mbeya Pts 1 & 2


PEA 152      Defoma Kintueni Sukisa           Kabu-Kabu/Makubu-Sana                                        Kikongo


PEA 164      La Creche Dyala                      Abarugira Pts 1 & 2                                                 Lingala


PEA 166      Orch Sinza                              Ma Louise/Zala Serieuse Maggy                               Lingala


PEA 168      Orch Sinza                              She's Got A Snake In Her Mind/Badetti


PEA 170      OK Jazz                                  Monzo Pts 1 & 2                                                      Lingala


PEA 173      Orch Bakuba Mayopi                Mambuene Pts 1 & 2                                               Lingala


PEA 178      Lita Bembo & Les Stukas          Male Okendeke/Mayimba


PEA 182      Zaiko Langa Langa                   Mwana Wabi Pts 1 & 2                                             Lingala


PEA 183      Dijiba et La Creche                  President Kenyatta/Kavira


PEA 184      Dijiba et La Creche                  Nalembi Ba Temion Pts 1 & 2


PEA 185      Djiliba et La Creche                 Mbanda Nayeyi/Sapra Studios


PEA 187      Djiliba et La Creche                 Nzale/Habialimana


PEA 188      Dijiba et La Creche                  Kuraze Ya Mpasi  Pts 1 & 2                                     Lingala


PEA 190     The Hi-Fives                             Betty/Kastoshe


PEA 192     The Hi-Fives                             Azalaki Mwasi Ya Libala/Makosa


PEA 193     The Hi-Fives                             Njane Pts 1 & 2


PEA 194     The Hi-Fives                             Suzue Susannah/Bird Cage


PEA 195     Voice of Africa                          Bomba Bomba/Bolingo Ya Anna                              Lingala


PEA 196     Voice of Africa                          Sukuma Wiki/Mtoto Wa Mama                         Lingala/Swahili


PEA 197     Voice of Africa                         Amouleo/Mobutu Tata


PEA 199     Voice of Africa                          Mokili/Tobina                                                         Lingala


PEA 200     Voice of Africa                          Angola Uhuru/Africa Uhuru                                     Lingala


PEA 205     Franco & OK Jazz                     Ce Ce Ce Ce/Kontuna Bangote                                Lingala


PEA 206     Voice of Africa                          Hapara/Aburu Ya Waza                                          Lingala


PEA 207     Voice of Africa                          Matatu/Maria


PEA 208     Voice of Africa                         Mikero/Antolaso


PEA 209      Les Machi                                Ekoko/Mayuna                                                      Lingala


PEA 210      Les Machi                                Mobembo/Souci Ya Mwana


PEA 211      Orch Singa Mwambe                Liwanza/Defense Ya Pemba


PEA 212      Orch Singa Mwambe                Lisolo/Liwa Ya Moto


PEA 213      Groupe Kine-Rama                  Mwasi Oponi Mobali/Madjeku


PEA 214      Groupe Kine-Rama                   Nonyokoli/Mandola


PEA 215      Orch Bana Moja                       Munsi/Manz


PEA 217      Mundemba & His Underground  Café Con Leche/Nirvana                                         Lingala


PEA 221     Les Pazo                                  Lassani Pts 1 & 2


PEA 222     Voice of Africa                          Kenyatta Na Mobutu/Makuru Bambe


PEA 223     Voice of Africa                          L'Amour/Kumoriko


PEA 224     Voice of Africa                          Alima/Medico Analia                                       Swahili/Lingala


PEA 225      Rossisendi and His Group         A: Confessin' Love (I Swear Baby)           English/Kinyarwanda

                                                               B: Confessin' Love (Nina Kuomba)


PEA 226      Rossisendi and His Group         Sometimes Love is Funny/Ururabo          English/Kinyarwanda


PEA 227      Rossisendi and His Group         Urukundo Ngufitiye/Usa Na Bike                         Kinyarwanda


PEA 228      Jimmy Mawi                            Black Dialogue/Let Me Keep Away from You


PEA 229      Jimmy Mawi                            I Wan’t Get Up/Black Star Blues


PEA 235      Orch Bakuba-Mayopi                Zunguluke Pts 1 & 2                                               Lingala


PEA 238      Matumbi                                 Tazama Mlima Kenya/Udaku


PEA 241      The Hi-Fives                            Ma Mbondo Wadia Nkulula/Shaidi Ni Ola


PEA 246      Zaiko Langa Langa                   Ando Pts 1 & 2


PEA 250      Orch Bana Afrika                     Annie/Mbanda Akufi


PEA 254      Trio Tumba                             Dix Commandments/Pasi Ya Bolingo                        Lingala


PEA 255      Orch Bana Matonge                 Maze Pts 1 & 2


PEA 275      Auguila Gaston Demaye           Soul Soukous/Lelo Ngai Ma Bini                               Lingala


PEA 276      Fela Ransome Kuti                   Black Man's Cry Pts 1 & 2

                  & His Afro 70 Band


PATHE series


PATHE 100  Orch Boma Liwanza                 Siza Pts 1 & 2


PATHE 101  Orch Boma Liwanza                 Bambanda Ya Batchi Pts 1 & 2


PATHE 102  Orch Boma Liwanza                 Zawadi Ya Mwaka Pts 1 & 2


PATHE 103  Orch Boma Liwanza                 Easter Pts 1 & 2


PATHE 104  Orch Boma Liwanza                 Sofia Pts 1 & 2


PATHE 105  Orch Boma Liwanza                 Bolingo Happy Pts 1 & 2                    1976               Lingala   


PATHE 106  Boma Liwanza                         Fauzia Pts 1 & 2


PATHE 107  Boma Liwanza                         Brother Man Pts 1 & 2


PATHE 108  Take Take De Medico               Maria Niyoteza Pts 1 & 2


PATHE 109  Take Take De Medico               Keke Lionde Pts 1 & 2


PATHE 110  Take-Take de Medico               Medico Bwala Pts 1 & 2                                 Lingala/Kiswahili


PATHE 114  Les Kinois                               Biwewe Pts 1 & 2


PATHE 115  Orch S.B.B.                             Sicape Pts 1 & 2


PATHE 116  Orch S.B.B.                             Yanga/Boybanda Makasi


PATHE 117  Orch S.B.B.                             Dito/Djenguema


PATHE 123  Niki Niki                                  Zena Pts 1 & 2


PATHE 124  Niki Niki                                  Kambelembele Pts 1 & 2


PATHE 125  Les Kinois                               Sawa Pts 1 & 2


PATHE 105?  Orch Boma Liwanza           Wema Pyame Pts 1 & 2


2C006 series


2C006. 15.002       

                 Orch Les Viperes Noires             Esther Bolingo/Jeanny


2C 006. 15.006

                 Le Negro Band a Paris               Marie Helene/Ya Marie


2C 006. 15.007

                 Le Negro Band a Paris               Toyota Mpo Na Josephine/Para Gozar Belen


2C 006. 15.052M

                Orch Negro Band                       Club A Tout Casser/Catherine Kasanaut


2C 006. 15.057M

                Orch Mano-Negro Kwala-Kwa      Voiture Ya Occasion/Seno Kanso Bulusa




Other releases


OP 1007     Papa Noel                                Lili Mambeta/Club 113                                            Lingala


OP 1009     African Fiesta National              Mokitani Ya Wendo/Songi Songi                               Lingala


OP 1014      Sonafric                                  Kin La Capitale/Nalata Pili


OP 1015      Verckys                                  Mama Djele/Fisi Solonge                                         Lingala


OP 1018     Rochereau & African Fiesta        Libala Ya 8 Heures De Temps/Tuson                        Lingala


OP 1019     Rochereau & African Fiesta        Rendez-Vous Chez Labas/L'Age et L'Amour      French/Lingala


G 20026     Orch Bantou                            Makambo Mibale/Damba


G 20065     Orch Negro Band                      Sapato/Journal Dipanda


PF 11.561   Orch OK Jazz                           Omona Wapi/Nakoluka Ye Banzela


F 11.579   Orch Negro Band                      Francoise/Tokabwana Malembe





EMI’s archive in Hayes, West London, contains no catalogues from its East African subsidiary, of which Pathe was the most visible label. This is a shame as some documentary evidence might have offered a clue as to the thinking behind its eclectic releases from the early 1970s to early 1980s, ranging from Luo bands such as Juma Toto’s Todi National 72 to familiar Congolese acts such as Verckys; Nigerian legend Fela Ransome Kuti to the forgotten Les Foudres. And who exactly were La Creche Dyala and Voice of Africa? Both had multiple releases but I can find no information about either.


Flemming Harrev sent in the scans of the dark blue variant on the logo as well as the red one of PATHE 110, a PO Kanindo production dating from 1976. This bears a close resemblance to the label found on discs released by the French Pathe-Marconi label. As Flemming notes, “EMI in France released a great number of 45 singles and several compilation albums with Kenyan bands in the 1970s. Playa Sound, a different company in France, released around 10 compilation albums with Kenyan bands in the 1980s.”


I haven’t included the French releases in this discography so far (February 2010) but am beginning to think I should.


Just to make life a little more complicated, it should be noted that Medico Bwala, the featured artist on PATHE 110, was also the chief songwriter of Voice of Africa who feature often in the PEA prefix listings. Since the record also features in AIT’s master catalogue, I have added other PATHE prefix recordings to this discography from that source.


September 2011: among numerous additions to this discography found in the University of Mainz’s African Music Archive, PEA 69 was catalogued as a birthday greeting for President Albert B Bongo of Gabon and dated as being from 1972, which helps to put some kind of timeframe on this label.

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