SONG OF THE DAY Marijata – No Condition Is Permanent

Founded in the mid 70’s by Kofi Addison (guitar), Bob Fiscian (organ) and Nat Osmansu (guitar), the Ghanaian afro funk band, Marijata released three records during their brief existence.  The height of their musical output came with their 1976 middle LP, This Is Marijata.  The record was an instant hit and has since become a classic of the afro funk genre, with original copies highly sought after by collectors – and fetching in the realms of £800!!!!  But don’t worry, you can get a copy of this song (along with 13 other glorious Ghanaian funk tracks) on a compilation entitled Ghana Soundz Volume 2 Afro​-​Beat, Funk and Fusion in 70’s Ghana, which was released via Soundway Records in 2004!

No Condition Is Permanent is a standout track from the LP with its highly charged horn section, groove-laden funk guitars and seriously stirring and impassioned vocals – especially as the song draws to a close!…and the sentiment really resonates within!! It’s an absolute cracker!!!!

As with many afro funk and African pop acts, not a lot is known about what happened to Marijata. The group were apparently also known as The Sweet Beans and initially came to prominence as the backing band for fellow Ghanaian singer, Pat Thomas. The three principal members each have a number of session credits from throughout the Ghanaian music scene.  Listen above.

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