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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.


Catalogue       Group                                              A side/B side                                                                              Year


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