2021-09-09T14:27:51+02:00September 9th, 2021|

«Beka Records» was a record label based in Germany, active from about 1903 to 1925. Before the Great War Beka also made gramophone records for the United Kingdom and Russian markets under the «Beka-Grand-Record» label. Russian repertoir of the company was vast; according to A.Zhelezny the first records were made as early as 1905 (1906 according to P.Grunberg).

Beka often sold their Russian matrixes to another gramophone companies.

After the Great War broke out in 1914 Бека-Грандъ-Пластинка stopped all operations in Russia. Eventually, the company became a subsidiary of the «Carl Lindström A.G.» group which was sold to the Columbia Graphophone Company in 1926.

Source: Russian-Records


2021-09-09T14:59:29+02:00September 9th, 2021|

Russian label produced by Общества Экстрафонъ (Extraphone Co.) in Kiev between 1911 and 1919. The same company also released the label “Артистотипия“.

“At the beginning of the last century along with Petersburg, Moscow, Riga and Warsaw, the fifth «gramophone» Capital of the Russian empire was Kiev. The branch of the Berlin company «International Extra Record» started to operate there in 1909. Originally, Germans performed their operations on the shores of Neva River via «The Trading House Guess», but serious Capital’s rivals had forced them to search for other markets and partners. The choice had fallen on Ukraine – the land, rich in musical traditions and bright talents…”  A.Tikhonov.

Source: Discogs / Russian-Records



2020-09-27T19:58:30+02:00September 27th, 2020|

Mico Industries IncorporatedMicowas one of the biggest record companies in the Philippines. Owned by Eusebio Contreras, this record company from the 1950s was instrumental in the proliferation of traditional Filipino music in the latter half of the twentieth century. This label generally classifies the titles according to the following genres: balitaw, danza, instrumental, balse, pasodoble, novelty, slow foxtrot, tango, and vocal. Most of the titles fall under the instrumental genre and are primarily performed by local bands, such as the Bocaue Band No. 98, Malabon Band No. 4, Polo Band No. 82, Taytay Band No. 2, and Tony Santos and his Pilipino Combo. These bands are joined by conductors Jose F. Cruz (Bocaue Band No. 98), Felix de Leon (Malabon Band No. 4), Alfredo S. Buenaventura (Polo Band No. 82), and Pampilo Cruz (Taytay Band No. 2). Meanwhile, rondalla groups like those of Nitoy Gonzales and Tony Santos, and other performing groups such as Danny Holmsen and the Stinkers, Dikong and the Sikat Boys, Don Magno and his Orchestra, aswell as Tito Arevalo and His Orchestra, also performed under the instrumental genre.

The repertoire under the instrumental genre generally focuses on Philippine folk songs such as “Putritos” and “Sakuting,” both adaptations of Francisca Reyes Aquino’sfolk song collection, and original Filipino compositions like “Guhit ng Palad” by Arturo P. Santos, “Sampaguita” and “Heroes of the Nation March,” both by Felix de Leon, “Mga Himig ng Aming Bayan” (Songs of our Land) by Jose F. Cruz, and “Banduria” by Santiago Mendoza.

The list of works above suggests a sense of patriotism evoked by themes of nationhood and folk roots. The other genre categories featured under Mico are distributed across compositions for films, such as “Hinahanap Kita” (I Long for You) from the film “Bandilang Pula” (Red Flag) (Everlasting Pictures Production), “Irog Ako Ay Mahalin” (Love me my Beloved) from the film “Pedro Penduko” (Premiere Production), “Hi-Lili Hi-Lo” from the film “Lily,” “Kung Ako’y Maging Dalaga” from the film of the same title (Alta Picture), and “La Maestra Nueva” from the film “Ang Bagong Maestra” (The New Teacher) (Filmaster’s).These were performed by Cely Bautista, known as the “Queen of Jukebox” and a member of the Mabuhay Singers; Tessie Agana, a child star in the 1950s; Lena Stevens; and Tito Arevalo (actor-musician) and his orchestra.

Source: Pinoy Shellac

http://www.pari.com.ph/articles_industry.html  (accessed September 26, 2020)
Villasquez, Gloria Rosario Sta. Maria. “Globalizing and Commodifying Music in the Early 20thCentury: The 78-rpm Recordings in the Philippines, 1900-1950s,” doctoral dissertation, PhilippineWomen’s University, 2020.


2020-09-23T13:51:27+02:00September 22nd, 2020|

DYNA (Music) Products Inc., commonly known as Dyna Music, traces its roots in 1957 as the first independent music recording company in the Philippines.

The label was established by Chinese-Filipino businessman, philanthropist, and music lover Dr. James Dy who also plays the saxophone and harmonica.

Dyna Music is associated with famous Filipino talents of the 1950s and 60s like Cecil Lloyd (Mystery Singer), Fred Panopio (Jukebox King of the Philippines), Pauline Sevilla, Armida Siguion-Reyna, Pilita Corrales (Asia’s Queen of Song), and Diomedes Maturan (The Perry Como of the Philippines).
The label also became the biggest licensee of non-Philippine labels that featured famous international artists like Alessandro Carmelo “Teddy” Randazzo, Joan Campbell, Connie Francis, Anita Bryant, Paul Anka, and groups like The Platters, The Bee Gees, and the Beatles.

Dyna Music continues to operate and is now managed by Dr. James Dy’s son, Howard G. Dy.

Source: Pinoy Shellac

http://www.pari.com.ph/members/dyna.html    (accessed September 7, 2020)
http://www.dynamusic.com.ph/about-us    (accessed September 7, 2020)
Pinoy Kollektor



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