Radiodiffusion Internasionaal Annexe

December 5, 2021, 1:00 am
Filed under: Japan

Rashomon / 羅生門

I’ve covered Takeshi “Terry” Terauchi beforeTwice, actually.

Terry Terauchi was the king of Eleki – instrumental music heavily influenced by The Ventures. The name is taken from the Japanese for “electric guitar”. By the early 70s, Takeshi Terauchi & The Blue Jeans were doing albums of Western Classical music and popular film songs. But in 1972, Terauchi released six albums. One was a tribute to Akira Kurosawa‘s 1950 classic film Rashomon / 羅生門..This single is the title track from the album – all of which is just as mind blowing. 

Catalog number BS-1599 on King Records of Japan, released 1972.

عبد الكريم عبد القادر , عبد المحسن المهنا, عبد اللطيف البناي, غريد الشاط, يوسف المهنا   
November 28, 2021, 1:00 am
Filed under: Kuwait

Our Camel Lovely Camel /هيدو

I told myself I wasn’t going to buy this single, but the song got stuck in my head. So, now it can get stuck in yours. Here’s the story behind the song:

Back in October 1981 Kuwait was playing a world cup qualifying match in Auckland, New Zealand where the Kiwi fans had signs reading “Go back to your camels!” which they were waving as the Kuwaiti team came onto the field. Kuwait won that match 2 goals to 1.

When it was the home game later that year, 100 camels were brought on the pitch before the match to show that Kuwait was proud of its past.

Kuwait ended up qualifying to the 1982 world Cup in Spain and was the first Arab country from Asia to ever qualify. A Spanish newspaper later claimed that the Kuwait national team will be late to the World Cup because they would be “traveling on the backs of their camels!”. So, the Kuwaiti Football Association decided to use a camel – named Haydoo – as their mascot.

Unlike the newspaper had predicted, the Kuwaiti team ended up arriving early. Too early actually and no one, not the journalists or the locals knew that the Kuwaiti team was even in Spain! To attract attention, the head of the Kuwaiti Football Association told a French journalist who there to cover the arrival of the French team that “The Kuwaiti team would withdraw from the competition unless they were allowed to bring their mascot.” Within hours the hotel was packed with journalists wanting to find out more about the mascot

The Spanish authorities and the hotel manager finally allowed the Kuwaiti team to bring their camel as long as it was left in the backyard of the hotel. The head of the Kuwaiti Football Association then called the minister of sport in Morroco to send a camel as soon as possible to Spain. He also ordered a T-shirt to be made for the camel. This hype and the Camel mascot helped make Kuwait’s presence extremely felt by the locals and journalists.

Haydoo, has been the mascot for the Kuwaiti national team ever since. [Source]

Catalog number BUZ 30 on Bou Zaid Phone of Kuwait, released 1982.

Milan Deb
November 21, 2021, 1:00 am
Filed under: India

Aap Jaisa Koi

Chhookar Mere Manko

How could I resist that cover, right?

I haven’t been able to find anything on Milan Deb. He did record at least one other single for the Senola label that was die cut to look like an apple. And with the exception of Deb’s two singles and one other LP of Bengali folk songs by Saratchandra Chattopadhyay, Senola had only been active in the 1930s, releasing 78 RPM records.

If you have any further information, please leave it in the comment section below.

Catalog number EQS 1005 on Senola of Calcutta – now Kolkata – India. Released 1980.

L’Authentique Orchestre Dafra Star de Bobo-Dioulasso Haute-Volta
November 14, 2021, 1:00 am
Filed under: Upper Volta


As you may have guessed by the band’s name, L’Authentique Orchestre Dafra Star de Bobo-Dioulasso Haute-Volta were from Upper Volta – now know as Burkina Faso. The band was founded and led by Coulibaly Tidiani – also known as Tidiane Maxo.

Coulibaly Tidiani was was born in Kangala on the 31th of December 1941. [Source] He started his musical his career in the 60’s playing with the Volta Jazz before founding his own band in 1975. [Source] L’Authentique Orchestre Dafra Star de Bobo-Dioulasso recorded six singles and two albums – all but one of the albums were from the Music Hall label.

Both Volta Jazz and Orchestre Dafra Star are featured on the Numero Group‘s Bobo Yéyé – Belle Époque In Upper Volta box set.

Catalog number MH 004 on Music Hall of Bobo-Dioulasso, Upper Volta. No release date listed.

Pomo bersama The Pro’s
November 7, 2021, 1:00 am
Filed under: Indonesia

Sang Kodok

Pomo bersama The Pro’s were from Indonesia.

Pomo – which is short for Soepomo – was the singer and played saxophone on this record. They recorded at least one other single together. Pomo’s only other recording is an album with a band called The Eternals before a brief stint in The Rollies – although there is no mention of him on The Rollies Wikipedia entry

The Pros’s were: Abadi Soesman (keyboards), Broery Marantika (vocals, keyboards), Dimas Wahab (bass),  Enteng Tanamal (guitar), Fuad Hasan (drums), Ronny Makasutji (guitar). I am guessing this is a list of everyone who had played in the band since this single only had four people plus Pomo pictured on the back cover. Abadi Soesman currently plays in a band called God Bless that has been active since 1973. Broery Marantika – more commonly know as just Broery – had a lengthy career, recording up until his death in 2000. He recorded two albums with The Pro’s backing him. And Enteng Tanamal played in Eka Sapta and recorded a solo single.

Catalog number SSE 523 on Star Swan of Singapore. Released 1968.

Selçuk Alagöz
October 31, 2021, 1:00 am
Filed under: Turkey


To say this song borrows from Ennio Morricone‘s title music from the Sergio Leon film The Good, The Bad and The Ugly would be a bit if an understatement…

Selçuk Alagöz was born in Istanbul, Turkey on August 5th, 1944. His father was a music teacher and taught Selçuk and his brother Ali and his sister Rana. He got his start in music by playing in Erol Büyükburç Orkestrası in 1964. The following year, he entered the Altın Mikrofon contest that were held by Hürriyet newspaper. His recording career continued throughout the 1970s and he still preforming as of this posting.

I was first introduced to Selçuk Alagöz on the Grey Past Records compilation Turkish Delights. That compilation – plus Steam Kodok from the same label – were the some of the first records that opened my eyes ears to the sounds from around the world that were not being represented in the “World Music” bin at my local record store. 

Catalog number FS 176 on Sayan of Istanbul, Turkey. Released 1968.

Allognon Degbevi et L’Orchestre Discafric Band
October 24, 2021, 1:00 am
Filed under: Dahomey

Tonye Ye Vena

My introduction to Orchestre Discafric-Band De Cotonou was the song “Houiou Djin Nan Zon Aklumon” that was included on Analog Africa‘s first volume of African Scream Contest – which if you do not own a copy of, you need to rectify that immediately. But the extensive liner notes of that compilation do not offer much information about the band.

Orchestre Discafric-Band De Cotonou recorded nine singles, six for the Discafric label. This is the only recording the did with Allognon Degbevi. The song of the flip side of this single is without Discafric-Band. He also recorded six other singles as well as an album – many for the Togolese label International Radisco.

If you have any further information, please leave it in the comment section below.

Catalog number D. F. 003 on Discafric of Cotonou Dahomey – now Benin. No release date listed.

သိန်းတန် (မြန်မာပြည်)
October 17, 2021, 1:00 am
Filed under: Burma

Khaing Pann Sone / ခိုင်ပန်းစုံ

I was digging through an old box I had forgotten about and stumbled upon this cassette I had picked up in Singapore back in ’09. There was a post-it note on the case that said “A2 – Rocker”. So, I popped in the tape deck and gave it a listen. I had forgotten just how crazy this track is.

Thein Tan was born in Inn Wa / အင်းဝမြို့; on December 14, 1945. He was the 6th of 13 children, and the only member of his family to have an interest in music. He was apparently inspired after seeing Elvis in the film King Creole. His first band was called The Shades – possibly in reference to The Shadows – with Khin Nyo. After that, he started singing songs with Playboy Than Naing’s Playboy Group, and the first song he sang was “Manaw Hla Pan Maung Chit Thu” written by Zaw Min Lay. In 1979, he formed his own band, L.P.J – Love, Peace & Joy.

Many thanks to the amazing Peter Doolan of Monrakplenthai for translation and for most of the information about this record. I’m starting to suspect that he might have a Babel Fish in his ear…

Released by Soe San Recording / စိုးစံအသံကူးလုပ်ငန်း. No catalog number or release date listed.

October 10, 2021, 1:00 am
Filed under: Tunisia

Tiou Tiou Tiou (Instrumental)

Maybe it has something to do with Tunisia’s proximity to Italy, but Disco sure seems to have been a major force there back in the day. And with the exception of Professeur Kakino de Paz, every record I’ve seen from Tunisia has been a band’s lone single that they self-released.

But recently there’s been some interesting music coming out of Tunisia. There’s AMMAR 808, which is mainly Sofyann Ben Youssef who is also in Bargou 08. Yeah, I listen to new music, too. It’s not all vintage wonderfulness here at the Radiodiffusion Internasionaal Annexe Control Center.

I have not been able to find anything on Zalila – also known as Ridha Zalila – nor his record label. If you have any further information, please leave it in the comment section below.

Catalog number 291181 on D. B. S. Production of Tunis, Tunisia. Released 1981.

Gbehou Camille et l’Orchestre Harmonie Nigérienne de la Capitale
October 3, 2021, 1:00 am
Filed under: Niger


Mahou Sé Hotché

The first music I ever heard from Niger was Group Inerane‘s Guitars from Agadez. I didn’t think I would ever find anything that had been recorded prior to that. But, once again, I was wrong.

Orchestre Harmonie Nigérienne de la Capitale released four singles – all on the La Musette de Niamey label. Gbehou Camille dit Nono fronted the band on two of those singles. If you have any further information, please leave it in the comment section below.

Still haven’t found anything from neighboring Chad… Yet.

Thanks to Hisham Mayet for contributing these tracks.

Catalog number LMDN 10 on La Musette de Niamey of Niamey, Niger. Released 1972