Nimba de N'ZerekorePlaylist for
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
December 12, 2008

Hosted by Greg Lyon on FRIDAYS at 2-4 pm
on WPVM Asheville (103.5 FM and

You can listen to the most recent program by going to the Archives Page at WPVM, or by accessing the MP3 stream directly here (available for one week starting early Saturday morning and then gone gone gone).


— My most exciting world music haul in, well, forever culminated this week when a shipment of records I acquired on ebay arrived from Paris. I had a saved search on ebay for this Nimba de N’Zerekore record (see pic) from Guinea for probably about 6 years, and I was NEVER notified that it was for sale–until last month. And suddenly there were two copies from the same seller. I snatched both of them, along with some other great stuff, all of which I managed to play today. So why did I want this particular record so badly? It was one of the few records from The Wire magazine’s 100 Records That Set the World on Fire (While No One Was Listening) (also see here and here and the supplement here) from issue #175 (Sept. 1998) that I had not yet listened to, and although I think most lists like that are useless, this one proved incredibly fruitful for a very long time of very satisfied listening by expanding my core into unchartered territory. As for this 1980 entry, the list once again did not disappoint. This album rocks and swings hard, very very hard, and all the way through. Those Fred Flintstone outfits they have on are stylin’; you just know that seeing this band live was a party. I plan to play the whole album on the air one track at a time over the coming weeks.

— I’m very much looking forward to the upcoming Codona box set, which will comprise all 3 of the original Codona records. Codona was Collin Walcott (tabla, sitar, dulcimer, sanza), Don Cherry (tpt, p, hunter’s guitar), and Nana Vasconcelos (percussion). I only have the first one, and it smokes.

— Can somebody please give me the entire Ocora Records catalog for my birthday and/or Christmas? Pretty please? Best world label ever? Definitely in the running.

— The embarrassment of riches at the station this year in African music continued with the addition of a seriously funky-ass new compilation from yet another West African band, the Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou, from Benin. I’ll be playing this for weeks on end, so be prepared.

— TWO new Ben Wallers creatures this week, and they couldn’t have come at a better time. I desperately needed some rock records to buff up the annual Top 20 of what has been a rather lackluster year in rock. The Rebel is his solo project, and the new one is a live set recorded at WFMU, with a band (so it’s not really solo now is it?), available on vinyl only. The Country Teasers is Sir Ben’s most notorious band project, and we have a new and stuffed LP side (10 tracks!) of a split backed with music from a San Francisco band called Ezee Tiger–also on vinyl only. Yes, I’m happy.

Artist Song Album Label Comments New
Codona Mumakata Codona ECM 1979 with sanza  
Francis Bebey Sanza Tristesse Super Bebey Ozileka also with Sanza, Cameroon  
[Ait Said ou Ali tribal musicians] Tahmilah fi lmizan cha’bi Maroc Vol. 2 – Moyen Atlas: Musique sacree & profane Ocora Central Morocco, double qasba (flute) and bendir (drum) are the instruments  
Boutaiba Sghir Malgre Tout (Despite Everything) VA – 1970’s Algerian Proto-Rai Underground Sublime Frequencies *
Le Nimba de N’Zerekore Gön Bia Bia Gon Bia Bia Syliphone Guinea, released 1980  
Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou Assibavi The Voduon Effect: Funk & Sato from Benin’s Obscure Labels – 1973 – 1975 Analog Africa Benin *
Group Inerane Ano Nagarus Guitars of Agadez (Music of Niger) Sublime Frequencies Niger *
Bayate Tork Track 1 VA – Santur, Tunbuk, and Tar Limelight Iran, santur (dulcimer)  
The Rebel Why Must I Pay? Northern Rocks Bear Weird Vegetable Sacred Bones *
Country Teasers Bung Oats Country Teasers/Ezee Tiger Split LP Holy Mountain *
Children’s Hospital Preschool of Atonement Alone Together Sacred Bones *
Grails Immediate Mate Doomsdayer’s Holiday Temporary Residence *
Sacros Su Herencia Sacros Shadoks Chile 1973 *
The Thirteenth Floor Elevators You Don’t Know The Psychedelic Sounds of Sundazed mono mix, recently issued *
Birdsongs of the Mesozoic Shiny Golden Snakes Dawn Of The Cycads Cuneiform originally from Magnetic Flip, 1984 *
Ulaan Khol Track 1 II Soft Abuse *
Sunroof! Spiritual Forgery VA – Split Series #19 Fatcat *
John Baker Dial M for Murder The John Baker Tapes Volume 1: BBC Radiophonics Trunk *
Tina Harvey Nowhere to Run VA – She’s a Heartbreaker Psychic Circle *
Irma Thomas Ruler of My Heart Sings Change Records  
Menahan Street Band The Contender Make the Road By Walking Dunham/Daptone *

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