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Catalogue       Group                                              A side/B side                                                       Year

Number

HL 7-2         Mac & Party                            Harambe/African Twist


HL 7-6         Yaseen & Party                       Nimepata Mwana/Laila Mpenza


HL 7-8         Yaseen & Party                       Haki Yako/Ndoto


HL 7-16       Kiko Kids Jazz                         Majivuno Mbaya/Lumumba


HL 7-23       Kilwa Jazz Band                      Moto Moto Tanzania/It Can Be Done (Malimu Kitueleza)


HL 7-25       Kilwa Jazz Band                      Wawili Wawili/Tanu Yajenga Nchi


HL 7-26       Lake Tanganyika Jazz Band     Baba Tanzania/Ndimi Marera


HL 7-27       Lake Tanganyika Jazz Band     Tujenge Inchi/Mpenzi Wani Kashirisha


HL 7-28       Cuban Marimba Band              Ngoma Iko Huku/Kacha Cha


HL 7-29       Cuban Marimba Band              Salam Kwa Jumla/Wanawake Wa Tanzania


HL 7-30       Cuban Marimba Band              Beberu/Ndio Hali Ya Duniya


HL 7-31       NUTA Jazz Band                     Baba Nyerere/Karibuni Vijana


HL 7-32       NUTA Jazz Band                     Christopher Benye/Kilimo Kazi Yetu


HL 7-42       Sky Blues Band                      Fitina/Furaha


HL 7-46       Nova Jazz Band                      Rodesia/Cha-Cha Micky


HL 7-50       Shengenya                             Jomo na Uhuru/Mizimu Einalosa


HL 7-51       Kayamba Randigo                   Nijela/Ndimi Marera


HL 7-54      Michel Dudu & Beavers            Majirani/Usimpige Mtoto


HL 7-59      Mac Group                              Liverpool/Hi-Life Mambo


HL 7-60       Michel Dudu and Amanuel Silo  Dereba/Vijana Wa Kenya


HL 7-61       Nyamwezi Jazz Band               Kumbuka Sikuku Ya Taifa/Mapenzi Halima


HL 7-74       Asemba Marcel                       Maria Wangu/Tufurahi Na Cha Cha

                   with Air-Amida Orchestra


AN 7-503     Sal Davis                                Sikizeni Wanainchi/Mpenzi Yango              1968

AMX 474-476


AN 7-504      Rahi                                     Dace Music/Eve Mola


ASM series


ASM 008      Siti Zuhura                             Mpenzi Azizi/Yenu Siulizi


ASM 013      Sta Mvita                               Mpishi/Mpenzi Nalia


ASM 015      Sta Mvita                               Kanu/Ua Langu


ASM 016      Zein Musical Club                    Nashiha/Mnyan'ganya


ASM 021      New Star Jazz Band                Tausi Nakutafuta/Zuhura


ASM 023      Chevros and Abdalah              Mwanashambe/Febby Mpenzi

                   with Villa Negro


ASM 024      Chevros and Abdalah              Wema/Suzana Mama

                   with Villa Negro


ASM 029      Lucky Star Musical Club           A: Mola Ulie Wa Haki

                                                                B: Mapenzi Ni Kama Donda


ASM 7-032   Matano Juma                          Tasliti/Udi                                               1975


ASM 7-033   Matano Juma                          Alfuleila/Tamu Hadithi                             1975


ASM 034      Zein Musical Club                    Rukubadili Siwezi/Malaika                        1975


ASM 7-035   Zein Musical Club                    Umeumbika/Ukuukuu Wakamba               1975


ASM 037      Young Novelty Club                 Ilahi/Pokea Salamu


ASM 039      Young Novelty Club                 Pendo Raha Yake/Shukurani


ASM 042       Mohamed Mody Mrisho           Mola Wangu/Mpenzi Wangu


ASM 043       Central Siaya Jazz                  Jane Atieno/Peter Kangola


ASM 044      Nyando Matata Band               Silfanus Ogera/Anyango Super


ASM 045      Les Central Siaya Jazz             Antony Migot Opiyo/Maggy Akinyi M.A.1


ASM 7-049   Lucky Star Musical Club           Pendo Lahaki/Nini Dawa Ya Mahaba         1975


ASM 050      Lucky Star Musical Club           Njoo Na Kwita/Kwaheri Mpenzi


ASM 051      Lucky Star Musical Club           Mimi Na Wewe/Pendo Lanipa


ASM 053      Upepo Jazz Band 76                Owiso Bernard/Mado Kend Mar                1976


ASM 57         African Brotherhood              Mpendao Bwana/Waliomsulibisha Yesu

                    Church Choir


ASM 58         African Brotherhood              Watu Wote Tusonge Mbele/Nchi Hii Ni Maua

                    Church Choir


ASM 063      Mohamed Bwana/Malika          Ghadhabu/Pendo


ASM 69        Mutonkole Malobo                 Bwana Ama Uza Pts 1 & 2

                   Edo Kifindu


ASM 7-072    Maulidi Juma                         Makosa Simwana/Yaatika


ASM 74         Spartans                              Dora/Music Land


ASM 75         Mwanasiti Mbwana                Mwaka Mama/Mama Ajevuna















The label of Assanand & Sons music store in Mombasa, which started out releasing 78rpm discs back in the 1950s. The Cuban Marimba tracks date from 1960-65 and are anthologised on the CD Salam Abdallah & Cuban Marimba, Ngoma Iko Kuku, (Dizim Asili, 2000).


HL 7-51, submitted by Ray Templeton, is the only single in the discography so far that is sung in Kidigo. This is a language of the coast south of Mombasa and spreading into Tanzania.


AN 7-503 and AN 7-504 are from the 1968 Kenyan film, Mlevi, which starred Sal Davis, Mzee Pembe and Kipanga Athumani. It was one of the few commercially successful films to have been produced in Kenya.


Many of the early singles with an HL prefix share catalogue numbers with recordings on the Philips label. It seems likely that Assanand licensed recordings it made to Philips and in return was able to release Philips recordings under its own banner.


Details of the 1970s singles, with an ASM prefix, were provided by Doug Paterson and Flemming Harrev, with the latter also providing the blue and purple label scan. In March 2011, Frank Schneider very kindly sent in details of HL 7-27, which was for a long time the earliest single on the label but has since been displaced by earlier records that have turned up on eBay.


In September 2011, a further 15 singles from the ASM series and three singles from the HL series were added. All were located in the University of Mainz’s African Music Archive. Its catalogue doesn’t make clear whether ASM 023 and ASM 024 are by Villa Negro with Chevros and Abdalah the songwriters or whether they are the featured singers, so my label interpretation may be incorrect.


The Mainz catalogue also suggests that the B-side of HL 7-61 may have been overstamped with another song, Tanzania Ni Yetu, replacing the original credit listed here.

MZURI