Attallah

Attallah (Sierra Leone) / c. 1953

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Design: Very basic typography for this West African label, employing two classic British typefaces, both from the early 1930s: Gill Bold Condensed sans serif (by Eric Gill) for the label name and The Times New Roman Bold (by Stanley Morison) for the imprinting.

History: Unknown (have info? Please send to info.re.78s@shaw.ca). Freetown, as in the artists' name, is the capital city of the predominantly Muslim country of Sierra Leone (named for the Lioness Mountains surrounding Freetown). Presumably, the label name has somewhat to do with Islam, although 'frivolous' music (which this would seem to be) is frowned upon by devotees as detracting from worship. Label scan courtesy of collector and musicologist Bill Dean-Myatt of the U.K.




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