2019-12-01T14:24:08+01:00Dezember 1st, 2019|

Lokananta is the first record label of Indonesia. It was established on 29 October 1956 at Surakarta, Central Java. In the beginning of its history, its primary function was that of offering a transcription service for RRI (Radio of the Republic of Indonesia) and manufacturing phonograph records and audio cassettes for broadcast by RRI stations throughout Indonesia; the master records were produced by the various RRI facilities and then sent to Surakarta for pressing.

The word Lokananta means “Gamelan from Heaven”, was suggested by R. Maladi, the head of RRI at the time, and Surakarta was chosen because of its long history of radio broadcasting.

Lokananta has over 40,000 recordings, which include some 5,200 commercial labels, in its collection. About 20,000 recordings are without cover.

Nowadays, after the bankrupt of 2001, Lokananta is trying to renovate its image, working on the recording of new musical genres and on the re-mastering of its impressive archive on physical supports like CDs, DVDs and WAV files: nineteen people still work here and Lokananta’s main income is now the rental fee of some futsal space they were forced to create in the past three years.

Source: Wikipedia



2019-12-01T12:07:04+01:00Dezember 1st, 2019|

Nusantara was an record label from Indonesia.

Nusantara is an Indonesian word for the Indonesian archipelago. It is originated from Old Javanese and literally means “archipelago”. In Malay, Nusantara bears the meaning of Malay World. The word Nusantara was taken from an oath by Gajah Mada in 1336, as written on an old Javanese manuscript Pararaton and Negarakertagama.

The records were pressed by IRAMA. Maybe Nusantara was a subsidiary.



2019-11-30T14:19:10+01:00November 30th, 2019|

Tjap Angsa (“Swan Brand”) began in 1938 and issued several hundred discs, repressing some of them into the late 1940s.

The label recorded most or all of their material in the city of Medan on the northern Sumatran coast, where they were partially based (their other headquarters was Bukittinggi).

Source: Excavated Shellac



2019-11-27T16:23:00+01:00Oktober 21st, 2019|

Independent record label established in 1938 in the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia) and existed until 1941.
It recorded artists from Batavia and Bandung and a substantial amount of Minangkabau music.

The records were manufactured by The Gramophone Company Of India Ltd..

Source: Discogs



2022-03-31T09:28:14+02:00Juli 2nd, 2019|

Irama was Indonesia’s first independent record label, started in 1954 by Suyoso Karsono. “Irama” actually means “rhythm”.

Irama released a wide variety of traditional and popular music.

Source: HajiMaji