For our next Music City Sessions video, we are ecstatic and honored to present Idris Ackamoor & the Pyramids performing their expansive jazz-composition, ‘Virgin’, live in Studio 18. The initial run of The Pyramids (1971-1977) was fueled by the bands desire to learn and experience as much of the culture, art, and music of many African countries in a time when the Black Power Movement combatted the conventions that doing so was problematic: “I was one of the first of my generation to actually go and live in Africa. A lot of African Americans were kind of frightened of that. We had been brainwashed initially in the 50s and early 60s, that Africa was not a place to go. With the birth of the black power movement of the late 60s, there was initially a kind of reawakening, a way to be proud of our ancestral roots.” - Idris Ackamoor in an interview with The Quietus
Since the early 1970’s, band leader and artistic director, Idris Ackamoor, has balanced both The Pyramids and his performance arts company, Cultural Odyssey (Located here in San Francisco), which works to support the artistic vision of Rhodessa Jones and Ackamoor to embrace the positive influence African culture still has. 2010’s rebirth of The Pyramids has picked up where the band left off, but now more confident and empowered by the experiences that shaped them. Idris himself has garnered accolades for his compositions, charity work, tap dancing - the list goes on - yet has remained grounded and dedicated to his art and the positive ripples it causes throughout his community.
Enjoy this Sessions video, and be sure to check out The Pyramids’ most recent record, ‘An Angel Fell, here: https://idrisackamoorandthepyramids.bandcamp.com/
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