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Catalogue       Group                                                       A side/B side                                                        Year

Number

EU 7-102      A: Daudi Kabaka & Party                A: Hard Work (Kazi Ngumu)

                   B: Nashil & Peter Tsotse                 B: Bush Baby Twist (Kinda Wamba Twist)

                       with the Rainbow Boys


EU 107         D Kabaka and E Talian                   Bachelor Boy Twist/Safari Tanganyika



EU 7-109      Nashil Pichen & Peter Tsotsi            Tamaa Mbaya/Nakumbuka Adija


EU 7-114      Nashil Pinchen & Peter Tsotsi          A: Kondakta (Make This Bus Go Fast)

                                                                       B: Wote Wanipenda (They Still Love Me)


EU 7-117      Charles Sonko & the Banana Boys   Kampala Twist/Heart Beat Twist


EU 127         Daudi Kabaka & Fadhili                   Harambee/Bibi Moupe



EU 7-128      Charles Sonko & His Party              Alima Wangu/Kadogo Wangu


EU 130         Fadhili William                               Malaika/Hakuna Mwingine                         1963

                   & the Black Shadows


EU 131        Fahili William                                 Wee Jane/Tucheze Twist

                  & the Black Shadows



EU 7-133     Frida Sonko with Fadhili & Nashil      Love Me Baby/Step Out, Lady


EU 135        Peter Tsotsi & Nashil Pichen             A: My Brother Eaton (Mkubwa Wangu)

                                                                       B: Super Girl (Msichana Mzuri)


7 EU 146      Peter Tsotsi & Nashil Pichen            A: Goodbye and Farewell (Nenda Salama)

                                                                       B: Waiting for You (Nakungojea)


EU 147        Nashil Pichen & Peter Tsotsi             Sukuti Tribal Twist/My Cheating Wife


EU 149        Peter Nashil and Michael                  Mimi Watchman/Rudi Mamu


EU 7-160    Moses Katazza & Charles Sonko        Pelusi/Omwana Atubuze


EU 7-161     Johnny Storm & Fadhili William        Can't Believe It/Golden Ringlets                1965


EU 7-162     Peter Tsotsi & Nashil Pichen             A: We Suzanna (Sweet Suzanna)

                                                                       B: Maisha Ya Town (Life in Town)


7 EU 177     Adolph Banyora and the Rafikis         Kuna Warembo Afrika/Simu Yako Susana

JW 111/112


7 EU 183    A: M. Mlamba & D. Amunga              Kenya V. Uganda

JW 135-36  B: Charles Sonko & Zuhura               Kuna Shimo (Hole in the Bucket)


EU 7-184    Charles Sonko & The Equator Boys    Ukuwaza Wewe/Mpenzi Usilie                    1965


EU 186        Peter Tsotsi & Nashil Pichen             My Queen/Pesa Chakula


EU 189        Masagaza, Sonko                            A: Tuzimbe Enjumba

                  and Equator Boys                            B: Lady, Don't Go! (Mukyala Togenda)


EU 193        Frida Sonko with the Equator Boys   Aloja Omukkwano/?                                  1965


EU 195        Daudi Kabaka & George Agade        Western Shilo/Helule Helule                       1966


7 EU 199    Fred Masagazi & the Equator Boys    Ndi Wuwo/Osenidda Okkola


EU 7-200    Tony Hinde & the Silhouettes           The Jungle Twist/Tanzania Ngoma


EU 7-201     a) Tony Hinde & the Silhouettes      Kenya Kwela/A Major In Twist

                  b) Jimmy Hamilton & the Silhouettes


7 EU 239     Fred Masagazi                               A: Advice to Lovers (Entanda Yomukwano)

                  with King Jazz d'Equateur               B: Honour Your Parents (Okuzaala Kwa Kasandali)


7 EU 241    Fred Masagazi                                 Kola Zizo/Okukula Kwetta

                 with King Jazz d'Equateur


7 EU 246     Gabriel Omolo & Blue Shade Band    Ma Eloso Mogik/Maro Oketho Ugunja


EU 252       Fred Masagazi and the Equator Boys Tekinnuma/Walana Mukulu, Sosi Muto       1966


7 EU 263    Daudi Kabaka                                  Msichana wa Elimu/Usinione Wivu Kijana   1967

JW 411-12  and Equator Sound Boys


7 EU 272    Gabriel Omolo                                 Dhako Ok En Mususumba/Nyiego Hatari     1967

                 & Equator Sound Band


7 EU 276    Orch Melo Success                           Jeannie/Kasazi Kibondo                            1968


EU 277       Orch Melo Success                           Prierre Du Matin/Kulo Osenge


7 EU 290    Peter Tsotsi, Nashil Pitchen               Pole Musa/Mpenzi Ni Merudi

                 & Equator Sound Band


7 EU 295    Fadhili William                                 Sitaki Matata/?

                 & Equator Sound Band


7 EU 296    Equator Sound                                Naftali/Nyar Konge                                   1968

                 with Ochieng Kabaseleh


7 EU 302    Gabriel Omolo                                Secretary Mrembo/Piny Yuak Ne Derepe      1968

                 & Equator Sound Band


7 EU 311    Nturibi; Kaumbuthu; Anjuri              Kiss na Kimeru/Meru Yetu


7 EU 313    Nashil Pichen, Peter Tsotsi               Tuachane Kwa Uzuri/Mzee Kasema

                 & Equator Sound Band


7 EU 316    Dominic Sentamu                           Banange Ndabye/Mwami Tonjoga                1968

                 & The Rhythm Masters


7 EU 317    Tabitha King'ori                              Thoguo ni Athire/Is It a Brooch?                 1968

                 & Equator Sound Band


7 EU 318    Alphonse Billy; Lingomba Naye         A: Bolingo Eleki Diamond                          1968

                                                                       (Love Is More Expensive Than Diamonds)

                                                                       B: Lomamba Lokolo


7 EU 320    Ndagona & Onzere                           Kikombe Cha Chai/Ndi Luya Ndagona         1969

                 with Equator Sound Band


7 EU 321    Kabaselleh; Ochome                        Wach Awacha Japuonj/Nyiwa Makawuono   1969

                 & Equator Sound Band


7 EU 322    Daudi Kabaka                                  Mirija Ka Mapenzi/Second-Hand Material     1969

                 & Equator Sound Band


7 EU 323    Frida Sonko and                               Nakimanya Wamma/Mwami Kyusako         1969

                 the Equator Sound Band


7 EU 324    Mike Kakande; Leonard Ndaula         Lwaki Wenyoma/Toba nga Juda                 1969

                 & Equator Sound Band


7 EU 325    Peter Tsotsi; Nashil Pichen               Maria Umeshindwa!/"Judy: - Sukuma No2   1969

                 & Equator Sound Band


7 EU 326    Gabriel Omolo                                 Argwing's Kenya Hero/Ng'ama Odak Kende

                 & Equator Sound Band


7 EU 327    L'Orch Amical Succes Katanga          Eme Mwasi ya Sortie/Je Me Suis - Trompé   1969


7 EU 328    L'Orch Amical Succes Katanga          Camarade Mabe/Margueritie                       1969


7 EU 329    Thomas Abbasi, Edward Nandwa      Mulimi Kwanje/Bibi Maringo                        1969

                 & The Bottletops


7 EU 330    L'Orch Amical Succes Katanga          Mabala/Libala ya Cecille                             1969


7 EU 332    L'Orch Amical Succes Katanga          Kiri Kiri Chérie/Maloba ya Papa                   1969


7 EU 333    Benson Simbeye                             A: Ndifwa Pikungu (the Forest of Death)      1969

                 & The Equator Sound Band              B: Kudumisha Musiki


7 EU 338    Peter Ndungu                                 Ndari ya Gitio/Mbui Thome                          1969


7 EU 339    Gabriel Omolo                                Ogwela/Adeya: (Sorosoro)                          1969

                 & Equator Sound Band


7 EU 340   "Bandmaster" Mwangi Wakinyenje    Ng'ondu - Irimbiru/Muthunguci                    1969


7 EU 342    Davidson Kamwana                        Katarina/Kiamwama Wimenyerere               1969


7 EU 343    Benson Simbeye                             A Letter to Job/Maisha Yawawili                  1969

                 & The Equator Sound Band


7 EU 344    Herbert Misango                              Unyonyaji/Wake Miamoja!                         1969


7 EU 347    Peter Sikuku                                   Owiro Pachoo/Jamer Oyuma                      1969

                 and Equator Sound Band


7 EU 348    Mohomed Ali and Hi-Five Band         A: Bal Soorpt Obah Lamotyiy                     1969

                                                                      B: Rihahog Asaridakoh


7 EU 350    Joel Kileges and His Group               Matolas Sut Kitto/Tilongto                          1969


7 EU 351    Davies Gichango; Nancy Waithera    Uyu Ti Mucii/Wandigire na Thina                 1969


7 EU 353    Nashil Pichen; Peter Tsotsi              Nafa Na Maraba/Hata Ujirembeshe              1969

                 and Equator Sound Band


7 EU 354     William Ngosi Mwoshi                     Varende Vanje/Valina Valahi                      1969


7 EU 355    Gabriel Omolo                                Tom Iwewa (Tom Left Us)/Gimoro Imanitie

                 & Equator Sound Band


7 EU 356     Nashil Pichen; Peter Tsotsi             Twashea Mie na Polo/Sina Honda                1969

                  and Equator Sound Band


7 EU 357    Benson Simbeye                             A: Mapenzi ya Hatari                                 1969

                 and the Equator Sound Band            B: Ndivembela Mchumba


7 EU 358    Tom Miti and Indasi                        A: I Wish You'd Never Been Born                1969

                 with Equator Sound                        B: Mshele Wakora


7 EU 359    Lawrence Ng'ang'a                         Kirema Thahu/Mwana wa Kahii                    1969

                 and Godwin Muhindi


7 EU 360    Peter Othens                                   Wajiona Mzuri/Abalosi                               1969

                 and Equator Sound Band


7 EU 363    Daudi Kabaka                                  Binadamu Ni Mbolea/Spare Tyre Sukuma   1969

                 and Equator Sound Band


7 EU 364     Charles Makwita, Joe Omondi          Aketho Kindena/Jaluo Asili                         1969

                  and Equator Sound Band


7 EU 365     Peter Muleli; Joseph Lijina               A: Magari za Mukokateni                            1969

                  and Navongo Success                     B: Nzya Mumbo Wanzeze


7 EU 366     David Keroe & Jane Njeri                Mumo na Karara/Sichambio ni Siaka            1969


7 EU 367     Bernard Ayuya                               Chuo Duto Rom/Nyar Mara                         1969

                  and Equator Sound Band

7 EU 368     George Mauliti and Samuel Kinyeki   Susanah Mwendwa/Muchera na Mukundu    1969


7 EU 369     Bernard Ayuya                                Mapenzi Sio Biashara/Uwe Mchumba          1969

                  and Equator Sound Band


7 EU 370     Ernest Indasi and Navongo Succes   Niabu kwa Vijana/Pingu za Maisha              1970


7 EU 371     Jacob Luseno and Navongo Success Masero Wakora/Mwana ni Shikhoyero          1970


7 EU 373     Navongo Success with Joseph Abasi Mchezo wa Sukuti/Siri ya Wanawake           1970


7 EU 377    Navongo Success                             Kwachi Style/Balina Mumbele                     1970


7 EU 379    Abenda Siso                                    Jarateng Majaratiro/Osiepna Mageno           1970

                 (The famous blind artiste)


7 EU 381    Bernard Ayuya                                Maisha Mapia/Usinihabie Unyumba              1970

                 and the Equator Sound Band


7 EU 382    Jacob Luseno                                   Kali Imbeli/Mbula Mulimi                           1970

                  and Navongo Success


7 EU 401    Dr. Adam Nyahone                           T.T.K. Rispa Atieno/Wawinjire Uru

                 and Equator Sound Band


7 EU 403    Edward Nandwa & Navongo Succes    Sifa Kwa Kenya/Uweke Akiba



1000 series


7 EU 1001  Fadhili William, Mona Miller               Malaika/Njoo, Honey Njoo                         1966

                 & Equator Sound Boys


EU 1002      Benson Simbeye,                            Kivilila/You Went Away                             1966

                  Blue Mtweve &

                  The Equator Sound Boys


7 EU 1008   The Flames                                     Hava Nagila/Mod Trad                              1967


7 EU 1112    Equator Sound Band                      A: Tom Mboya - Mtu Wa Amani                  1969

                   (A-side listed as A Tribute              B: Kenya Ya Milele

                    from Equator Sound)



BB series


BB 7-24       Nashil Pichen & Peter Tsotse            Usiniringie Na Suti/Nairobi Twisti


BB 7-32      Peter Muleli and J.A. Sore                Vijana Wengine/We Sala Wangu


RA series


RA 7-3        Peter Tsotse & Nashil Pichen            A: Mulofa Moja (Poor Fellow)

                                                                       B: We Mwatuma (Aah Mwatuma)


RA 7-6        Joseph Gitau & Fadhili William          Nitwa Kugeithia/Haicia Bendera


RA 7-8        Peter Tsotsi and Nashil Pichen           Ugonjwa Wa Mapenzi/Kenya Ya Leo


RA 7-12      The Jordan Boys                              A: Safari ya Chomogondai (North-West Journey)

                                                                       B: Vipusa wa Kisasa (Modern Girls)


RA 13         Fadhili William & the Black Shadows  A: Think First (Pesa Ipeni Heshima)

                                                                       B: Taxi Driver


RA 7-22      George Agade and Peter Sikuku        Bibi Wa Kwanza/Rose Na Kuamini


RA 7-23      George Ramogi and John Tuda         Onguo and Obondi/Ogembo



Unknown series


7 CC 127    M. Mlamba & D. Amunga                  Ma-E-Wendi/Kweli Ulinaki



Equator International


7 EU 313    Nashil Pichen; Peter Tsotsi                Tuachane Kwa Uzuri/Mzee Kasema

                 & Equator Sound Band


7 EU 319    Wilison Macharia; Nyambura             Nikahitwo/Ndiri Daguruku                         1969


7 EU 321    Equator Sound Band                        Wach Awacha Japuoni/Nyiwa Makawuono   1969


7 EU 322    Daudi Kabaka                                  Mirija ya Mapenzi/Second-hand Material     1969

                 & Equator Sound Band


7 EU 336    George Agade                                 Hasira ya Nina Mchumba/Evalina                1969

                      & Equator Sound Band


7 EU 345    Kabaselleh & Equator Sound Band    Nyanam/Lek                                             1969


7 EU 346    Daudi Kabaka                                  Kujisifu Ulevini/Kabnaka Says                   1969

                 & Equator Sound Band


7 EU 349    Bernard Ayuya; Kabeseleh.              Leo ni Ukumbusho/Kapenda Mwenyewe

                 Equator Sound Band


7 EU 352    Apuot Ochieng' and His Group           Yona Omolo/Cyrilus Ojow


7 EU 355    Gabriel Omolo                                 Tom Iwewa (Tom Left Us)/Gimoro Ematitie 1969

                 and Equator Sound Band


7 EU 362    Jacob Luseno, John Mwale                Tsimbemba/Jane Wanje                            1969

                  and Navongo Success


7 EU 372    Robinson Mwangi & Michael Njenga   Wacoka Kenya/Kwanyu Ndigacoka             1970


7 EU 374    Gabriel Omolo                                 Wuoro Omaka Mwgwana/Anna Go Ogada    1970


7 EU 375    Sylvester Odhiambo                        Chike Luo/Okelo Kadala                              1970

                 and The Equator Sound Band


7 EU 376    Peter Tsotsi                                    Eko Bernadita/Mimi Simutumwa

                  and The Equator Sound Band


7 EU 378    Moses Kataza; Frida Sonko              Ndelema/Bwezza! Bwezza!

                  and Equator Sound Band


7 EU 380    Frida Sonko                                    Naye Wampaki/Ye Gwe Wekka

                 and Equator Sound Band


7 EU 383    Michael Minya                                 Usiamini Picha/Malako                             1970

                 and Navongo Succes


7 EU 384    Fadhili William                                Jitu la Madaraka/Wacha Nikae Chonjo       1970

                 and The Equator Sound


7 EU 385    George Agade                                Mchumba wa Chati/Mijini Kuna Hatari        1970

                 and Equator Sound Band


7 EU 386    Edward Nandwa                             Onyo kwa Wahalifu/Wampigania Mrembo   1970

                 and Navongo Succes


7 EU 387    John Mwale and Navongo Succes     Hakuna cha Bure/Ludya Wazia                 1970


7 EU 388    Christopher Sebowa                       Namata Mama/Juga Box Special No 1        1970

                 and Equator Sound Band


7 EU 390    Adolph Banyora                             Msiwe na Roho Nyesi/Jiepusheni na Jela     1970

                 and Equator Sound Band


7 EU 391    George Bita and Podho Jazz            Nyego Thirowa/Jany Somo Pogowa           1970


7 EU 392    Fadhili William                               Heshimuni Wazazi/Simple Soul                  1970

                 and The Equator Sound Band


7 EU 393    Dominic Sentamu                            Nasimbwa/Omwagalwa                             1970

                 and Equator Sound Band


7 EU 395    Harun Akwyanga                             Mwana Ariranga/Kanyonyi Kamavaha         1970

JW 721-22


7 EU 397    George Agade                                 Maisha ya Mwituni/Mapenzi Hayanunuliki    1970

                 and The Equator Sound


7 EU 398    Ayuya                                            Yanini Kujigeuza/Shemeji Mpuzi                 1970

                 with Fadhili and His Equaphone


7 EU 399    Fadhili William                                Mpenzi Jane Umeumbika/Jambo Soul          1970

                 and The Equator Sound Band


7 EU 400    Joseph Lijina                                  Muyanze Ndori/Shichirashii?                       1970

                 and Navongo Success


7 EU 401    Dr. Adam Nyahone                          T.T.K. Rispa Atieno/Wawinjire Uru              1970

                 and Equator Sound Band


7 EU 402    Dominic Gaceru and Ruth                If I Lose Your Love/I Will Be Satisfied          1970


7 EU 403    Edward Nandwa                              Sifa Kwa Kenya/Uweke Akiba                     1970

                 and Navongo Succes


7 EU 404    Joseph Mukira and Lucy Gathoni      Nguonire Ndahuna/Ciana Cia Riu                1970


7 EU 405    Madudou Samuel                            Mwana ya Burundi/Omesani na Bundumba  1970

                 and Equator Sound Band


7 EU 406    Segamwenga                                 Omubi Yenange/Ndimunaku                       1970

                 and Equator Sound Band


7 EU 407    Bernard Ayuya                               Watuvunja Mashingo/Urembo Nairobi          1970

                 and Equator Sound Band


7 EU 409    Mwangi Wakamundu                       Thina wa Kenyatta/Kieha kia Rwendo          1970

                 and Joice Wanjiro


7 EU 410    Zein and Party                                Zawadi Nzuri/Zimenizidi Fikira                    1970


7 EU 411    Zein and Party                                Hayari/Mahaba Tamaa                               1970


7 EU 412    Humphrey Eshitoole                        Amina wa Ethiopia/Nasononeka Dada          1970

                 and Equator Sound Band


7 EU 414    Makwitta, Ayiembo and Uholo Boys  Mama Koro Oriti/Okana Wuod Odera           1970


7 EU 415    Ayuya, Kabeselah                             A: Tusishike Yanayosemwa                       1971

                 and Equator Sound Band                   B: Uzee Ogonjua Mbaya


7 EU 416    Evan Wachira and Pamela                 Ni Muno Ciana/Muiritu Muthoni

                  with Equator Sound Band


7 EU 417    Kabeselah; Ayuya                           Pong gi Wiyi/Lunna-Pinyingima

                 and L'Orch Lunna-Kidi


7 EU 418     Alex Ogwe                                     Kendi/Dereba Mar Gari                               1971


7 EU 419     Charles Sonko                                Legeza Roho/My Kenia Beauty

                  and The Equator All Stars


7 EU 424    Adam Kali and Equator Sound Band  Lipa Mpoko/Adui ya Mtu ni Mtu


7 EU 425     Charles Makwitta and Uholo Boys    Anna Owino/Taabu Osiko


7 EU 426     Roy Achilo                                     Paro Ndalo/Piny Masani                               1971


7 EU 421     Robinson Mwangi and Rewell Gitu    Riu ni Gukomba/Inyui Batchelor                  1971


7 EU 422     Les Cinq Grands                             Nagai Mwasi Anita/Mwasi Natiaki Motema    1971


7 EU 423     Thomas Miti & Navongo Success      Ajali Ya Rongai/Yepesa                               1971

JW 777-78


7 EU 428     Matayo Oduku                                Maunga/Yekula-Eshivanga                          1971


7 EU 429     Orch La Cloche                               Marie Okoluka Nini/Nakobongisa                  1971


7 EU 430     Fadhili William                                Mpenzi Umenishinda/Usiniambie Utaniacha

                  and the Equator Diamonds


7 EU 431     Geoffrey Nsereko; Alphonse Billy     Vva Kungaambo/Ggwe Wange                     1971

                  with the Equator Diamonds


7 EU 434     All Africa Galaxie                            Yunia/Lucienne                                           1972


7 EU 435     All Africa Galaxie                            Bonne Annee 1972/Mibali Botika                  1972


Other series


7 TV 16       Edward Nandwa and Jacob Luseno    Samy Unalia/Natuma Salaam


One-offs


TAN 7-1    A1: Choir of St Andrews                       National Anthem of Tanganyika

                        College, Minari                               A: Two Choral Versions                

                  A2: Choir of Princess Margaret

                       Training Centre

                 B1 & 2: Band of the                               B: One Verse and Chorus Only/Full Anthem

                       Tanganyika Police Force

In the late 1950s English expat Charles Worrod bought the assets of East African Records and by 1960 had launched Equator Sound Studio and with it the label. Its roster included many legendary figures of Kenyan music including Fadhili William, Daudi Kabaka, Peter Tsotsi and Nashil Pichen, as well as top Ugandan singers Fred Masagazi and Charles and Frida Sonko


The label is best known as providing the original version of Malaika by Fadhili William, later an international hit for Miriam Makeba and recorded by countless others, although controversy still surrounds the actual authorship of the song.


Equator also hit big by adapting the Twist craze for the African market and through the release of Kabaka’s song Harambee, which was played every hour after the news on Voice of Kenya radio for years.


The label folded in 1974 when Worrod left the country as a result of laws that barred him from running a business unless he became a Kenyan citizen.


September 2011: The University of Mainz’s African Music Archive catalogue has yielded more than 100 titles to add to this listing. They show that the catalogue numbers for Equator Records and Equator International overlap. I’ve stuck with the university’s attributions, though they may mean some of the original records in this discography that are currently listed as being on Equator Records were in fact released on Equator International.

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