NO CONDITION IS PERMANENT [Episode #303 ~ 03-12-22]

Pictured: Los Átomos de Paramonga.

The slang term “funky” in black communities originally referred to strong body odor, and not to “funk,” meaning fear or panic. The black nuance seems to derive from the Ki-Kongo lu-fuki, “bad body odor,” and is perhaps reinforced by contact with fumet, “aroma of food and wine,” in French Louisiana. But the Ki-Kongo word is closer to the jazz word “funky” in form and meaning, as both jazzmen and Bakongo use “funky” and lu-fuki to praise persons for the integrity of their art, for having “worked out” to achieve their aims. In Kongo today it is possible to hear an elder lauded in this way: “like, there is a really funky person!—my soul advances toward him to receive his blessing” (yati, nkwa lu-fuki! Ve miela miami ikwenda baki). Fu-Kiau Bunseki, a leading native authority on Kongo culture, explains: “Someone who is very old, I go to sit with him, in order to feel his lu-fuki, meaning, I would like to be blessed by him.” For in Kongo the smell of a hardworking elder carries luck. This Kongo sign of exertion is identified with the positive energy of a person. Hence “funk” in black American jazz parlance can mean earthiness, a return to fundamentals.

— Robert Farris Thompson, Flash of the Spirit: African and Afro-American Art and Philosophy.

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Here’s what we played in Ep. 303 of No Condition Is Permanent:

THE FIRST SET

MFSB — “Sexy” — Disco 75

Kio Amachree — “Ivory” — Doing It in Lagos: Boogie, Pop & Disco in 1980s Nigeria

The Challengers — “Volcanic Action” — Lost Legends Of Surf Guitar, Vol. 3: Cheater Stomp!

Hany Mehanna — “Less Al Thulatha” — Music for Airplanes: A Collection of Instrumental Showpieces and Scores for Egyptian Films and TV-Series 1973-1980

The Storey Sisters — “Bad Motorcycle” — 61 Classics From The Cramps’ Crazy Collection: Deeper Into The World Of Incredibly Strange Music

Dillinger — “Cane River Rock” — D.I.P. Presents The Upsetter

Steel City Connection — “Steel City Disco” — Steel City Disco

IT’S MADISON TIME…

Gene Page — “Blacula” — Blacula OST

THE SECOND SET

Los Átomos De Paramonga — “El Apagon” — Cumbia Arabe (Obscure Psych Cumbia Gems)

The Conquistadors — “Sadness And Madness” — Soul Stormers: Up-Tempo Northern Soul

Les Gypsies De Pétion-Ville — “Le Vrai Bonheur” — Haiti

Dennis Coffey — “Gimme That Funk [7″ Version]” — Live Wire: The Westbound Years 1975-78

La Controversia — “Vision Divina” — John Armstrong Presents The Nuyorican Funk Experience

Fred Lane & Ron `Pate’s Debonairs — “Danger Is My Beer” — From The One That Cut You

Thanh Nam “Tếu” 11 — “bonanza (bát ghen)” — Hồ! #1 Roady Music From Viêtnam

Alejandro Jodorowsky — “Pantheon Bar (Bees Make Honey)” — The Film Of Alejandro Jodorowsky: The Holy Mountain Soundtrack

Dennis Bovell Presents The 4th Street Orchestra — “Half Way To Za-Ion” — Ah Who Seh? Go Deh! / Leggo! Ah-Fi-We-Dis

The Wrong Numbers — “I’m Gonna Go Now” — Teenage Shutdown, Vol. 10: The World Ain’t Round, It’s Square!

THE THIRD SET

The Congos — “Music Dub” — Congo Ashanti

Masters Of Reality — “V.H.V.” — Sunrise On The Sufferbus

Hamid El-Shaeri (حميد الشاعري) — “Yefkini Nesma’sotak” — The SLAM! Years 1983-88

Little Jr. Cannaday — “Sloppy Twist” — Mello Jello Vol. 2 …For Groovy Ghouls

Ozzie Torrens And His Exciting Orchestra — “Mia’s Boogaloo” — Latin Underground Revolution 2 (More Swinging Boogaloo, Guaguancó, Salsa & Latin Soul From New York City 1968-1972)

The Undertones — “Jump Boys” — The Undertones

Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou — “Honton Kan Do Go Me” — The Skeletal Essences of Afro Funk 1969-1980 Vol. 3

THE FINAL SET

The Ramones — “You’re Gonna Kill That Girl” — Leave Home

Lea & Domingo — “Mozele-Paco” — Jalousie

The Kinks — “Big Black Smoke” — The Mono Kollectables Volume 1

Frankie Figueroa — “El Mejor Soy Yo” — Latin Underground Revolution 3 (Ansonia Records Rare Groove: Mambo, Boogaloo, Descarga & Salsa From New York City 1960-1976)

The Four Tops — “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)” — Hitsville USA: The Motown Singles Collection 1959-1971

Omar Khorshid — “Solenzara” — Guitar El Chark

LORD BUCKLEY’S WEEKLY BENEDICTION

Young Marble Giants — “Music for Evenings” — Colossal Youth

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