- Equator Records
Equator Records or Equator Sound Studios was originally known as East African Records, owned by
Afcot Ltd, situated in Nairobi, Kenya. In 1960, Charles Worrodlaunched Equator Sound Studios Ltd. along with the Equator Sound Band. Legendary Kenyan musician Fadhili Williambecame a member of the band alongside Adolf Banyoro, Peter Tsotsi, Nashil Pichen, Charles Ssongo, Gabriel Omolo, and Daudi Kabaka.
Fadhili and the
Jambo Boys Bandrecorded a number of songs with East African Records between 1959and 1962. The other band members were Harrison William, Joseph Nazareth, Mumba Charo(Fadhili's brother), Nahshon Gandani, Samuel Lefondoand Sheila Monroe.
Equator Sound Studios, under direction from Worrod at that point, marketed and produced Fadhili's world-famous
Swahililove-ballad, " Malaika", after Worrod realised that the original poorly-recorded "Malaika" could have international appeal.
"Malaika" had initially been recorded by Jambo Boys, with Konde serving as the
Worrod, the man who created the "
African Twist" and would have guided many more of the country’s musicians and songwriters to international fame, left Kenya in 1974because the law barred him from engaging in the recording businessunless he was a citizen. When he left, the recording and promotion of music in Kenya was thrown into disarray. After a while, Fadhili too left, for the USA, where he lived for 15 years.
New Equator Records
2006a new record label was founded by members of the band Islands, which is also called Equator Records. There is no connection between the two labels.
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