NO CONDITION IS PERMANENT [Episode #47 ~ 11-29-14]


The massed rhaitas and tbel drums, played by two banks of around twelve musicians, were probably recorded on the second day. Their set was abbreviated compared to their normal three-night-long ceremony, which was known to promote ecstatic states in the audience, but still, this was an experience beyond words: the rhaitas blared out a call and response, each theme modulating constantly, ancient melodies mapping out a cosmic meditation. Meanwhile, on the right, the drummers pounded out a juggernaut rhythm, powered by the zyeki and boomboo, small and big versions of the hand-hewn, military-looking tbel drum. Each drummer maintained a resounding heartbeat pulse on the bottom skin, and a fast machine-gun rat-a-tat on the top skin, the rhythms steady and hypnotic yet ever-changing via some deep telepathy. The volume was immense, echoing across the mountain, audible for miles around. Brian, Suki and Gysin sat back on cushions in the shade, calm, enraptured, their gaze steady, while Chkiantz scurried here and there, trying to work out how to capture the sound without overloading the Uher. In the end he decided to point the two microphones at the ground and record the sonic vibrations bouncing off the earth. The recordings therefore immortalized both this immense, profound music and the land that gave birth to it.

– Paul Trynka, Brian Jones: The Making Of The Rolling Stones

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As follows, our musical selections within each of the four sets comprising Episode 47 of NO CONDITION IS PERMANENT:


Rhythm Machine – “Put A Smile On Time” – Soul Cal: Funky Disco & Modern Soul, 1971-1982

Super Sweet Talks International – “Kyekye Pe Aware” – Adjoa

The Velvetones – “Static” – The Surf Creature Vol. 2

Wganda Kenya – “Yoro” – Palenque Palenque: Champeta Criolla & Afro Roots in Colombia 1975-91

Funkadelic – “Fish, Chips & Sweat” – Music for Your Mother

Hugh Barrett & The Victors – “Got The Bull By The Horns” – Quality Records Story: Any Day Now 60-62

King Tubby – “Natty Dub” – The Roots Of Dub

The Politicians – “Free Your Mind” – Funky Crimes


The Sevilles – “Charlena” – JC 45rpm

The Creation – “Cool Jerk” – We Are Paintermen

Machito & His Orchestra feat Graciela – “Hold on (I’m Coming)” – Let’s Boogaloo, Vol. 6: Explosive Deep Funk, Northern Soul & Dancefloor Jazz En El Barrio ’14

Sun Ra & The Blues Project – “Robin’s Theme” – Batman and Robin: The Sensational Guitars of Dan & Dale

Radio India – “Radio Transit” – Radio India: The Eternal Dream Of Sound

Koudede – “Souvenir” – Guitars from Agadez Vol. 7

Spirit – “Fresh-Garbage” – Spirit

The Gliders – “Wild Jam” – That’s Swift! Instrumentals From The Norman Petty Vault

Eddie Kirkland & Googie Rene – “Saturday Night Stomp” – Mod Jazz And Then Some!

Joe Gibbs & The Professionals – “Tribesman Rockers” – African Dub All-Mighty – Chapter 3

Lowlands Studio Band – “Lizard” – An Alternate History Of Popular Music


The Flamin’ Groovies – “Shake Some Action” – Shake Some Action

Pepe Fernandez & His Orchestra – “Having Fun” – The Jerk! Boom! Bam! Vol.9

The Tune Rockets – “The Green Mosquito” – Infamous Instro-Monsters

George Hudson w. Hoagy Lands – “The Roach” – Let’s Soul Dance: Black Dance Crazes 1957-1962

Anibal Velasquez Y Su Conjunto – “Mi Cumbia” – Mambo Loco

The Velvet Underground – “Beginning to See the Light” – The Velvet Underground (mono)

Big John & The Buzzards – “Oop Shoop” – Okeh Story: I Put A Spell On You

The Roosters – “One of These Days” – Pushin’ Too Hard

El Timba – “Descarga Bontempi” – Sofrito: Tropical Discotheque


Gyedu Blay Ambolley & The Steneboofs – “Simigwado” – Ghana Soundz Vol. 1: Afro-Beat, Funk and Fusion in 70’s Ghana

Jerry Warren & The Tremblers – “Rompin’” – Born Bad: Volume 5

Traffic Sound – “Meshkalina” – Back to Peru: The Most Complete Compilation of Peruvian Underground 64-74

Ibo Combo – “Ti Garçon” – Haiti Direct: Big Band, Mini Jazz & Twoubadou Sounds, 1960-1978

The Sonics – “Marlene” – Bloodshot! Vol.1

Lim Ling and the Silvertones – “(Funny, Funny) Why Do I Fall In Love With You?” – Singapore A-Go-Go Vol. 1

The Floaters – “Float On” – Soul Hits of the 70s: Didn’t It Blow Your Mind!, Vol. 19


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