Music Review | posted 30.05.2016
Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids
We Be All Africans
Strut, 2016
Text Andreas Schnell
Your Rating:
7.0
User (1)
8.0
Editorial
Cover Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids - We Be All Africans

»We be all africans/coming from the motherland«, chant The Pyramids along to deep Afro-funk around Idris Ackamoor in the first song of their new album; actually we are all Africans, the cradle of mankind was in Africa.
Idris Ackamoor already completed the journey 40 years ago to the African motherland. With like-minded people, whom he met at Antioch College in Ohio he travelled in the 70’s to Amsterdam and there founded The Pyramids, with whom he then travelled with through Ghana, Kenya and Ethiopia. After their return home to the USA, three legendary albums arose with spiritual jazz, before the band broke up in 1976. Now since almost ten years, they are playing once again together. And they sound as fresh as ever. The seven pieces on »We Be All Africans«, the second work since their reunion, range somewhere between John Coltrane, Sun Ra and Fela Kuti. In a Jazz band which was topped up with a thumb piano, several traditional percussions and a violin, The Pyramids have recorded in Berlin a seductive, more stubborn album, which knocks – musically speaking – the African motherland in the direction of outer space. Between infectious funk pieces and twisted space-jazz, there are also elegiac pieces like »Silent Days«, where the singer Bajka from Berlin makes her mark.

Your Comment
Related Articles
Music Review | posted 08.11.2012
Ray Stephen Oche And His Matumbo
(Interpretation Of The Original Rhythms)
Laurent Garnier or Robert Luis have known it all the way: It’s worth re-discovering the nigerian trumpet player Ray Stephen Oche.
Music Review | posted 24.02.2016
Various Artists
Soul Sok Séga
Sturt Records has taken a good look at Mauritius – with their usual taste, they have chosen 20 curious tracks and have released them on »Soul Sok Séga«.
Music Review | posted 12.02.2010
Whitefield Brothers
Earthology
»Earthology« has everything that’s needed in order to reach a similar status within in the next ten years as the Poets of Rhythm’s debut.
Music Review | posted 30.03.2012
Guelewar
Touki Ba Banjul
This very first re-release of Guelewar-songs is quite a sensation.
Music Review | posted 15.06.2012
WITCH
We Intend To Cause Havoc
Another piece of African music history has been made public by Now Again as an anthology of the first five WITCH-records.
Music Review | posted 10.08.2012
Antibalas
Antibalas
»Antibalas« is pervaded with magical melodies from the soul of the 60s and the feverish heat of African percussion.
Music Review
Emily A. Sprague
Water Memory / Mount Vision
RVNG Intl releases »Water Memory« and »Mount Vision«, the first two albums of the American sound designer Emily A. Sprague.
Music Review
Kings Aigbologa Bucknor & His Afrodisk Beat Organisation
Katakata
Now Hot Casa has released »Katakata«, another album by Kings Aigbologa Bucknor & His Afrodisk Beat Organisation.
Music Review
Oren Ambarchi
Grapes From The Estate
“Grapes From The Estate” by Oren Ambarchi is a masterpiece of gentle reduction. It will now be reissued with a new mastering.
Music Review
Various Artists
Musique Experimentale
Finders Keepers releases the compilation »Musique Experimentale« from 1962 via their sublabel Cacophonic for the first time in a long time.
Music Review
Yves de Mey
Bleak Comfort
»Bleak Comfort«, the third album by Yves de Mey, has to be thought from the motion, maybe even from performance dance.
Music Review
Eblen Macari
Musica Para Planetarios
»Musica Para Planetarios«, the album recorded by Eblen Macari in 1987, is nothing less than a condensed cosmology.
Music Review
Lusine
Sensorimotor
Likable? Yeah, so what! Lusine’s »Sensorimotor« was created in such an elaborate and affectionate way that it’s OK if everyone likes it.
Music Review
Karriem Riggins
Headnod Suite
With »Headnod Suite«, Karriem Riggins has come up with a convincing follow-up to »Alone Together«.
Music Review
Ahmed Malek & fLako
Electronic Tapes
Take a box of cassettes full of electro-experiments by the Algerian film composer Ahmed Malek, add fLako and receive one of 2017’s best reissues.
Music Review
Children Of Alice
Children Of Alice LP
James Cargill has a new Projekt. You can get lost in the music by »Children Of Alice« – but you won’t lose interest anytime soon.
Music Review
Dirty Projectors
Dirty Projectors
Dirty Projectors’ latest record full of alien-r’n’b and future hybrid pop will be quite a challenge for both fans and novices.
Music Review
Mind Over Mirrors
Undying Colors
Every new record by Mind Over Mirrors marks a new stage in his artistic development. »Undying Colors« is no exception.
Music Review
Bing & Ruth
No Home Of The Mind
In the cosmos of piano based post-classical music, Bing & Ruth have kept their special position with »No Home Of The Mind« to this day.
Music Review
Gepy & Gepy
Body To Body - 12"
Giampiero Scalamogna used to be called the Italian Barry White. Gepy & Gepy’s 12" »Body To Body« from 1979 is now being reissued.
Music Review
Laaraji
Celestial Vibration
»Celestial Vibration«, the 1978 debut of New-York based zither player Laaraji, is being reissued.
Music Review
Carla dal Forno
You Know What It's Like
In the 1980s, Carla dal Forno’s debut-style on »You Know What It’s Like« would have been labelled as »sound of Berlin«.
Music Review
Kassem Mosse
Disclosure
This record wants to be conquered: On »Disclosure«, his latest album on Honest Jon’s, Kassem Mosse is concealing the groove.
Music Review
Katie Gately
Color
On »Color«, Katie Gately demonstrates how to put seemingly chaotic sounds and vocals into the right mixing ratio.
Music Review
The Mystic Jungle Tribe
Qvisisana
This is what Ibiza could sound like again if it was cleaned from shattered glass and vomit.
Music Review
Mndsgn
Body Wash
A homeless person falls into a mind-expanding bubble bath. That’s where the journey begins.
Music Review
Danny Brown
Atrocity Exhibition
Between ecstasy and depression: Danny Brown’s »Atrocity Exhibition« is an excellent record.
Music Review
Jenny Hval
Blood Bitch
More melodies, more blood, more pop: On her latest record, Jenny Hval is taking it easy, which is becoming to her music.
Music Review
Ka
Honor Killed The Samurai
Ka’s music would fit much better into MoMa than the works of his very famous hood-neighbor.
Music Review
Jordan Rakei
Cloak
Believe the Hype! Jordan Rakei’s debut »Cloak« is the finest post-Dilla-Jazz, paired with ghostly Soul.
Music Review
Zomby
Ultra
As a musical statement »Ultra« by Zomby is so clearly articulated, that it could once again be the start of something new.
Music Review
Zov Zov (Oliver Ho & Tommy Gillard)
The Sacred Pornography Of God
As Zov Zov, Oliver Ho and Tommy Gillard occupy themselves with abstract sound experiments on »The Sacred Pornography Of God«.
Music Review
Exploded View
Exploded VIew
Annika Henderson’s voice. It’s a voice that enchants you through not telling you why it is enchanting.
Music Review
Blood Orange
Freetown Sound
Under the name of Blood Orange, Devonté Hynes is presenting his third record »Freetown Sound« as a sample-based mixtape.
Music Review
Atmosphere
Fishing Blues
Vigorous rhymed storytelling in tangible pictures, also with pulled down trousers; Atmosphere sings the »Fishing Blues«.
Music Review
Igor Tipura
Dwams
Igor Tipora has appeared out of nowhere and puts you on your couch with goosebumps. It took a Philip Lauer to make »Dwams« become the uber-hit it is.
Music Review
Brian Case
Tense Nature
On his solo debut »Tense Nature«, Brian Case is going for repetition. The fragmented character of the 12 tracks is not without poetry.
Music Review
BBNG (BadBadNotGood)
IV
With their new LP »IV«, BBNG (BadBadNotGood) are proving the critics wrong: their instrumental hip hop has defeated the alleged elevator-jazz.
Music Review
Marijata
Pat Thomas introduces Marijata
It’s a record that sure stands out in the flood of re-issues: raw Afro-funk, far away from African utopias, no oasis to be seen.
Music Review
Jean-Bernard Raiteaux
Les Démons O.S.T.
Lesbian sex in the Middle Ages – the b-movie »Les Démons« from 1972 was on fire. However, Jean-Bernard Raiteaux‘ freshly released soundtrack smolders all the finer.
Music Review
The Kills
Ash & Dice
Five years after »Blood Pressures«, the Kills are back and on »Ash & Dice« they sound as minimalistic and raw as ever.
Music Review
Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids
We Be All Africans
Not only with their new album chant Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids »We Be All Africans«. They have been legends since 40 years.
Music Review
Max Graef & Glenn Astro
The Yard Work Simulator
There is freedom in the confusion: With »The Yard Work Simulator«, Max Graef and Glenn Astro are celebrating their joint debut in album-length.
Music Review
Suzanne Ciani
Buchla Concerts 1975
Buchla? Complicated! Suzanna Ciani mastered the synthesizer 40 years ago, like »Buchla Concerts 1975« proves impressively.
Music Review
Vivien Goldman
Resolutionary (Songs 1979-1982)
The label Staubgold assembles songs by Vivien Goldman on »Resolutionary (Songs 1979-1982)«.
Music Review
Gregory Porter
Take Me To The Alley
He’s probably be the most famous jazz singer of our time. But is it really jazz? His late record »Take Me To The Alley« gives a clear answer.
Music Review
Super Mama Djombo
Super Mama Djombo
Super Mama Djombo served as one of the most important voices of Portugal’s Carnation Revolution in 1974. Revolution hardly ever sounds as danceable as this one.