Radiodiffusion Internasionaal Annexe

A. Aziz & The Addend Boys
July 13, 2012, 6:31 am
Filed under: Malaysia

Mera Yaar Bhadha Sharmila

Funny… The last single I bought from Malaysia also happened to be cover versions of Bollywood songs. But where as that single was note for note recreations – and all from the same film – A. Aziz & The Addend Boys have transformed their versions into garage rock gems. This track was originally recorded by Mohammed Rafi for the film “Milan Ki Raat“.

Unfortunately, there is zero information on the record sleeve or the record label. If you have any information on A. Aziz & The Addend Boys, please contact me or leave a comment.

Catalog number EP 018 on Rose Record. No further information available.

4 Black Brothers
July 9, 2012, 9:56 am
Filed under: Central African Republic

Otis Wafua

Muana Moto

As I have mentioned before, the best weapon for hunting records is information. But sometimes all you get conflicting accounts or faulty facts.

According to the person who sold me this record, 4 Black Brothers – or, as they are listed on the back cover, Quatre Black Brothers – were from the Central African Republic. I had been searching for anything from that country for quite some time. The only group that I had heard about from C. A. R. was L’Orchestre Centrafrican Jazz, whose records on the Disques France-Afrique label have eluded me for years. But now that I have this record in my hands, I’m cannot confirm where it may have come from – other than a pressing plant in France.

There is not a lot of information on the record sleeve itself. Other than the sentence “Prise de son: ZOUNDI FELIX DAVID – KAKLABAL”, it does credit the songwriters Augustin Zala Kanda Morin and Charles Malonga – who was the band leader. Apparently, Malonga was originally from Gabon, then moved to Upper Volta – now Burkina Faso. He is also listed as the guitarist for the Ivoirian band Jean Raph & Les Zoulous – who released a single on Société Ivoirienne Du Disque. Also, a discography for the label Sonafric lists 4 Black Brothers as having been from Upper Volta… But – at least to these ears – this doesn’t sound like anything I’ve ever heard from there.

If you have any further information on 4 Black Brothers / Quatre Black Brothers, please contact me or leave a comment.

Catalog number SAF 61003, Sonafric records of Paris, France. Released 1978.

June 16, 2012, 6:24 pm
Filed under: Kazakhstan

Алма-Атинские Ночи


The Republic of Kazakhstan is a transcontinental country in Central Asia and Europe. The ninth largest country in the world by land area, it is also the world’s largest landlocked country; its territory of 2,727,300 square kilometres (1,053,000 sq mi) is larger than Western Europe. It is neighbored by Russia, China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and also borders on a significant part of the Caspian Sea.

Controlled by the Russian Empire and then the Soviet Union until it’s independence in 1991 – the last Soviet republic to do so – Kazakhstan’s folk and classical traditions are connected with ethnic Russian music and European classical music. Prior to the 20th century, Kazakh folk music had been collected and studied by ethnographic research teams. After the Russian revolution, what little that was recorded had to be approved by the censors at the Russian state-owned and operated Μелодия (Melodiya) label.

Дос-Мукасан (Dos-Mukasan) were the first modern pop music group in Kazakhstan. They formed in 1967 at the Kazakh Polytechnic Institute in the former capitol city of Almaty. The band’s name was derived from the first syllable of each the founding member’s names: Dosym Suleev, Murat Kusainov, Kamit Sanbaev, and “Sanya” Alexander Litvinov. Although their discography seems to end somewhere in the mid 80s, judging by the many clips on YouTube they are apparently still active to this day.

If you have any further information on Дос-Мукасан, please contact me or leave a comment.

Catalog number… Well, there isn’t one. These songs were included on a flexi-disc – one of six – with the December 1977 issue of Kpyƨoзop (Krugozor) magazine, which was published by the Μелодия label.

Madan Pariyar & Friends / Ram Sharan Nepali & Friends
June 14, 2012, 9:25 am
Filed under: Nepal

Madan Pariyar & Friends • Himal Chulli Palla Patti

Ram Sharan Nepali & Friends • Dhanako Bala Illari Billari

Nepal is a landlocked nation located in the Himalayas, sandwiched in between the People’s Republic of China and India. The country had been ruled by a monarchy since 1768 until a decade long Civil War with the Communist Party of Nepal resulted in the first democratic elections in 2008.

The music of Nepal reflects its culture and its many different ethnicities. Due to its geographic location, you can hear influences from India and China with 81% of the population is Hindu and 10% is Buddhist. But since the majority of the county is rural with only one major urban center – Kathmandu – the predominate music tends to be more classical and folk. Although I have read mention of rock music influencing the music of Nepal as early as the late 70s, I have yet to find any recordings pre-dating the early 90s.

According to, the Shree Ratna Recording Corporation apparently released a number of these “Nepalese Songs & Melodies” / “Folk Tunes of Nepal” / “Nepalese Folk Tunes” seven inch e.p.s in the late 70s and into early 80s. Both Madan Pariyar and Ram Sharan Nepali were featured on some of the releases other than the record posted here. Ram Sharan Nepali has also recorded a few cassettes for the Music Nepal label.

If you have any further information on Madan Pariyar and/or Ram Sharan Nepali, please contact me or leave a comment.

Catalog number E S R 154 on Shree Ratna Recording Corporation of Kathmandu, Nepal. Manufactured by Victor Musical Industries, Inc. of Tokyo, Japan. Released 1979.

The M. B. C. Band and the Chichiri Queens
April 29, 2012, 10:51 am
Filed under: Malawi


After Nyasaland gained it’s independence from Britain in 1964, the country became know as the Republic of Malawi. The small landlocked East African nation is bordered by Zambia to the northwest, Tanzania to the northeast, and Mozambique on the east, south and west.

During British rule, very few local artists would gain prominence due to the oppressive colonial regime. After the country’s independence, the most prevalent music on the radio was Western Pop, Congolese Soukous and East African music. But due to the 1968 Censorship Act, Malawian musicians had to write lyrics acceptable to censors to ensure that their songs would be played on radio.

It should be no surprise that the most popular band in the country became the M. B. C. Band, the house band for the Malawi Broadcasting Corporation – which had a monopoly on the airwaves up until 1994. Formed by Kapote Mwakasungura, Mjura Mkandawire and Wyndham Chechamba in 1973, the band pioneered the modern popular Malawi Sound – mixing indigenous music with foreign influences. Although the band went through numerous line-up changes, they disbanded in 2001.

Other than this single, I have also seen a full length album entitled “Kokoliko Ku Malaŵi” on the same label – Ng’oma. As far as I know, The M. B. C. Band and the Chichiri Queens were the only artists on that label that may or may not have been based in England.

If you have any further information on the M. B. C. Band and/or the Chichiri Queens, please contact me or leave a comment.

Catalog number MBC 001 on Ng’oma Records. Released 1973.

The Three Sisters
April 21, 2012, 7:13 pm
Filed under: Sri Lanka

Malwage Api

Inunil Menika

While researching The Three Sisters of Sri Lanka, I stumbled upon this post from Backroom – which was apparently previously found on YouTube:

Mallika, Indrani and Iranganie Perera were born to a musical family. Their mother was an accomplished pianist and a singer and though the father did not play any instruments, he loved music and was a close associate of Mohammed Ghouze, famously known as Ghouse Master. Mallika was actively involved in school variety shows at Presbyterian Girl’s School where she and Iranganie studied. Indrani later went to Stafford Ladies. Indrani’s first public encounter was a recording for school at the Radio Ceylon. Her talent was spotted by the school’s music teacher Mrs. Potgar and encouraged by the principal Mrs. Liyanage.

Mallika later attended Amaradeva‘s music classes held at YMBA and Indrani used to accompany her and practiced her singing outside the class. The girls had a difficult time when their beloved mother died of cancer, and Iranganie was only six at the time. Mallika took over the responsibility, left school and started to look after the two younger sisters, which created a strong bond between the father and the three sisters.

Indrani was selected by Dalrene as a backing singer in her band Fire Flies. Later in 1969, Indrani Joined Annesley with Moonstones and sang her first song “Dilhani” which became an instant hit. This was followed by ‘Sigiriya’ and a number of other hits. Girls’ father gave his fullest support and gave the idea of the girls forming their own band. On the 31st December 1969, they had their first performance at the Hotel Taprobane (now called Grand Orient Hotel – GOH). They had an excellent response for songs “Kalu Kella Mamai” and “Akkala Nangila”. The three sisters continued to make fabulous music for over 20 years until Mallika’s untimely death by cancer. It was not then viable for the remaining two sisters to continue under the name of Three Sisters. Indrani later embarked on a successful solo career.

Catalog number CHB 011 on Sooriya of Columbo, Sri Lanka. No release date listed.

Zafer Dilek
April 14, 2012, 7:24 pm
Filed under: Turkey

Çiçek Dağı

Guitarist and composer Zafer Dilek was born in Turkey in 1945. He is best known for his arrangements of traditional folk songs. Dilek recorded a number of singles in the early to mid-Seventies that were collected on two LPs – “Oyun Havaları” and “Oyun Havaları 2“. Beyond that, there is not a whole lot of information available other than the fact that he is apparently – as of this posting – still alive. For some reason, this song – which was also covered by Erkin Koray – was left off the CD re-issue of Dilek’s music.

If you have any further information on Zafer Dilek, please contact me or leave a comment.

Catalog number YCAS-052 on Yonca Plakçilik of Istanbul, Turkey. No release date listed.

Mohamed Merghani
April 7, 2012, 11:34 pm
Filed under: Sudan

Gohiueb Allya

Mohamed Mirghani (محمد ميرغني) was born in Omdurman, Sudan in 1945. His father, Mohamed Ben Ouf, had been a famous singer in Sudan as well.

Mirghani began his studies at the Sheikh Amin school, which next to the National Cinema in Khartoum. He completed his education at the Babiker Badri School, where he taught until his retirement in 2008.

Mirghani recorded his first song in 1965 for Sudan Radio. He would go one to record over 200 songs by many famous Sudanese writers. This song, which translates as “You Are Hidden From Me”, was written by Al Sardoleeb and the music was written by Hassan Babaker.

If anyone has any information on the Musphone label – or any other releases on that label – please contact me or leave a comment.

Many thanks to Hany Zaki and Hisham Mayet for the translation.

Catalog number 5577 on Munsphone of Khartoum, Sudan. No further information available.

Kazi Aniruddha
March 31, 2012, 12:06 pm
Filed under: India

Sukno Patar Nupur Paye

Kazi Aniruddha is mostly known – at least in the Western World – for his steel guitar versions of Bollywood songs. But to a large portion of the population of the Indian subcontinent, he was better known as the youngest son of Kazi Nazrul Islam.

Kazi Nazrul Islam was a Bengali poet, musician and revolutionary who pioneered poetic works espousing intense spiritual rebellion against fascism and oppression. His poetry and nationalist activism earned him the popular title of Bidrohi Kobi (Rebel Poet). Accomplishing a large body of acclaimed works through his life, Nazrul is officially recognized as the national poet of Bangladesh and commemorated in India.

This recording was to be Kazi Aniruddha’s last. He died in 1974, two years before his father passed away. As far as I know, this is the only recording Aniruddha produced of his father’s music.

Catalog number 7LPE106 EMI / HMV of India, manufactured & distributed by The Gramophone Company of India Limited in 1974.

March 22, 2012, 3:47 am
Filed under: Algeria

Dag Dagui

Mohamed Mazouni was born in Aït Lahcène in the Kabylie region of Algeria in 1949 – the same village and year as Idir. His name ‘Mazouni’ in the Kabylie dialect means ‘He will live’.

Mazouni is considered one of the most popular singers of the 1960s and 1970s. He is well known to Algerians living abroad due to his songs about immigration, homesickness, love and country. His hit “Adieu la France, Bonjour l’Algérie” was very successful since it celebrates the independence of Algeria from France. Among his other famous songs are “Allo Allo”, “Azizi”, “Mini Jupe” and “Halte à la Vitesse”.

Mazouni continues to record and perform to this day, and is an important figure in the world of Algerian Kabylie music. His most recent album – as of this posting – was “Mazouni 2007”, which was released in 2007.

You can find a few more tracks by Mazouni over at Phocéephone.

Catalog number JAM 21 on Disques Z of Paris, France. No release date listed.