The Ethnic Playlist (July 18) • Asian Antiquities

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UNKNOWN JAPANESE MALE SINGER with SAMISEN AND PERCUSSION: Unknown title

Probably Yokohama, Japan: c. 1909
Symphony Record 17  (no mx. number visible)

The Japan-American Phonograph Manufacturing Company was among the earliest independent Japanese record producers. Its plant opened in December 1908. Can anyone translate or supply more data on this rare issue?

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CHINESE NOVELTY ORCHESTRA: Chinese One-Step — Part 2

Location unknown: c. 1919
Columbia E4506  (mx. 85545-1)

Ethnic Music on Records shows only take -2 as issued and gives an estimated recording date of c. October 1919, possibly in New York. No details have been located in the Columbia files.

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GAMELON GONG: Lagu Kebiar

Bali: 1928
Parlophon (German) 37036  (mx. 28180)

Note: From the first documented Balinese recording expedition; Gamelon Gong was the largest such group in Bali at the time.