Radiodiffusion Internasionaal Annexe

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

Jagannath Dhar
September 26, 2021, 6:03 am
Filed under: India

Peete Peete Kabhi Yun Jaam

For years, I was under the impression that EMI – and its subsidiaries Angle, HMV and Odeon – had a monopoly on the music industry in India. That was at least until the Eighties when Polydor and Super Cassettes appeared on the scene. But that was what was going on in Bombay – now Mumbia.

Over in Calcutta – now Kolkata – there were a handful of small independent labels like Adlip, Ashoka, Bharati, Disco, EPEE Gramo, Gathani, Hindusthan, Inreco, Kohinoor, Mayur, Senola and Voice. Most of them only released a small number of singles.

All I have been able to find about Jagannath Dhar is that he released four singles for EPEE Gramo and one for Bharati – all Hindi film tunes. If you have any further information, please leave it in the comment section below.

Catalog number EPS. 193 on EPEE Gramo (Private) Limited of Calcutta (now Kolkata), India. No release date listed.

Баян Монгол
September 19, 2021, 4:03 am
Filed under: Mongolia

Дурлалын Хишиг

I first stumbled upon The Bayan Mongol Variety Group over at Waxidermy many years ago.

Tumurbaatar Khaidav was the singer and artistic director of the band. He was born in Ulaanbaatar in 1950, the son of Gongor Khaidav – who was a famous actor and opera single in Mongolia. He would go on to graduate at the Mongolian State Conservatory and Lviv National Music Academy [Source]. He formed The Bayan Mongol Variety Group in 1974. They released their first single the same year on the Mongolian State label Монгол Аялгуу which was manufactured and distributed by Мелодия.

According to his Wikipedia page, he was also a member of Soyol-Erdene at some point but I have not been able to verify that information. There is no mention on him on either the English or the Russian Wikipedia pages for that band. Also according to his Wikipedia page, he named his son Bayanmongol and his daughter Soyol-Erdene. 

The Dutch label The Everland Music Group reissued The Bayan Mongol Variety Group’s first and only album which you can find HERE. The Austrian label EBALUNGA!!! also reissued The Bayan Mongol Variety Group’s album which you can find HERE. For some reason, neither of the reissues use the original album artwork. Both labels have reissued the first Soyol-Erdene album as well.

Catalog number С92-07452 on Монгол Аялгуу of Mongolia, released 1976.

احمد ظاهر
September 11, 2021, 4:20 am
Filed under: Afghanistan



Ahmad Zahir was born in Kabul, Afghanistan. Among the people of Afghanistan, he is considered an icon of Afghani music and is widely regarded as the “Greatest Afghan Singer of all time” or the “Elvis of Afghanistan”.

He learned to play various musical instruments including the harmonium, guitar and accordion – his favorite instrument – by the time he was 16 years old. His privileged and affluent background (his father, Abdul Zahir, was an ambassador, a minister, and later the Prime Minister of Afghanistan) gave him the opportunity to travel and become exposed to the burgeoning musical revolution of the 60s and 70s occurring in the United States, Europe and India – where he studies for two years. He was an avid listener of all genres of music and he incorporated elements of Western (pop, rock, jazz), Indian, Middle Eastern (Arabic, Iranian), European (French and Italian belle chanson, Spanish Flamenco) and Afghan Folk in his songs.

After his death, Zahir was considered a national hero. His tomb was destroyed by the Taliban in the late 1990s, but was reconstructed as recently as 2018 by fans who have established a foundation in his name in hopes of continuing his legacy.[Source]

If you wish to learn more about Ahmad Zahir, be sure to check out his website – – where you can find an extensive biography as well as  23 albums of music that you can stream for free.

The Spanish label Guerssen has released two compilations of Ahmad Zahir’s music, and that label’s subsidiary Pharaway Sounds released the third volume.

PLEASE NOTE: Whereas the song titles were translated from the cassette cover posted above, the legitimacy of the titles is somewhat questionable. As you can see in the artwork, the last song on side one and the last song on side two have the same title – which translates to “Song” in English. I have another cassette from this label, and the last song on side one is also “Song”.

Many thanks to Mark Gergis for translating the song titles.

Catalog number M-624 on MMC of Peshawar, Pakistan. No release date listed.