Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids
The cosmic collective of The Pyramids and Idris Ackamoor is by no means a new formation but one that dates back to 1972 when they embarked on a journey through Africa tracing their ancestors and setting out to find freedom and their inner selves. Until 1976 they released three albums before disappearing off the face of the Earth for more than 30 years. Their return was marked by Otherwordly, an album which in a similar vein of the song Land of Ra and Ackamoor’s NGO Cultural Odysee hints at their artistic kinship to the high priest of spiritual jazz Sun Ra and the identity politics inspired objectives of afro futurism. Despite sharing common roots, their music departs from the esoteric and atonal qualities of Ra’s signature sound to instead confide in the intrinsically healing power of music itself. Their work delivers polyrhythmic out of body experiences beyond comparison in which the ecstasy of dance becomes and expression of political activism in and of itself.
An Angel Fell (2018) was ranked second in the Quietus’s end of year charts: "Ultimately, this is what the album promises: redemption and collective healing are within our grasp, if only we look outward and inward to be reminded of our true place in the cosmos." (Adam Quarshie)