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The Pyramids - AOMAWA: The 1970s Recordings
The Pyramids - AOMAWA: The 1970s Recordings
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The Pyramids - AOMAWA: The 1970s Recordings

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Release Date 15/07/2022
Format 4LP
Label Strut
Catalogue Number STRUT290LPB

 
Lalibela (1973):
IDRISSA ACKAMOOR: Alto saxophone, Soprano saxophone, Bailophone,
Masenqo, Talking drum, Moroccan clay drum
MARGO ACKAMOOR: Flute, Piccolo, Percussion
KWAME KIMATHI ASANTE: Hagstrom bass, Ugandan harp, Ethiopian drum, Bamboo flute
MASAI: Soprano saxophone, Bamboo Flute, Percussion
MARCEL LYTLE: Drums, Percussion
HEKAPTAH: Conga drums, Osi drum, Percussion

King Of Kings (1974):
IDRIS ACKAMOOR: Alto saxophone, talking drum, bailophone,
one-stringed goge, Ethiopian drum, calypso box, vocals
MARGO ACKAMOOR: Flute, percussion, vocals
KWAME MIMATHI ASANTE: Hagstrom bass, Ugandan harp, percussion, vocals
HEKAPTAH: Conga drums, percussion, vocals
DONALD ROBINSON: Drums, bongos, percussion, vocals

Guest artists:
JEROME SAUNDERS: piano, percussion
CHRIS CHAFE: cello

Recorded in March, 1974 at Appalachia Sound Recording Studio, Chillicothe, Ohio
Engineer: Wayne Mitchell

Birth / Speed / Merging (1976):
IDRIS ACKAMOOR AKA BRUCE BAKER: Alto saxophone, Bongos, Ku Cheng, Bamboo flutes, Talking drum, Percussion, vocals
MARGO ACKAMOOR: Flute, Piccolo, Percussion, Vocals
KIMATHI ASANTE: Hagstrom bass guitar, Talking drum, Ugandan harp, Bamboo flutes,
Percussion, Vocals
HESHIMA: Acoustic bass, Vocals
AUGUSTA LEE COLLINS: Drums, talking drum, Percussion
KENNETH NASH: Congas, Bongos, Rosenbow, Percussion, Guatemalan stick drum, Vocals

Guest Artist:
MCHEZA NGOMA: vocals on ‘Aomawa’, steel drum on ‘Reaffirmation’,
Percussion on ‘Black Man And Woman Of The Nile’

Produced by Idris Ackamoor, Kimathi Asante and Heshima
Recorded in November, 1975 at His Master’s Wheels Studio
Recording Engineer: Jim Furman
Mixed at Different Fur Music
Mixing Engineer: John Vieria

THE PYRAMIDS: LIVE AT KQED, 1975

IDRIS ACKAMOOR: Alto saxophone, Bongos, Talking drum, 3-hole flute, Bamboo flute, Vocals, Percussion, Gongs, Cymbal tree, Bailophone, Vocals
MARGO ACKAMOOR: Flute, Vocals, Percussion
KIMATHI ASANTE: Hagstrom bass guitar, Talking drum, Percussions, Bamboo flute, Vocals
HESHIMA: Acoustic bass, Percussion
AUGUSTA LEE COLLINS: Drums, Talking drum, Percussion
MCHEZA NGOMA: Congas, Percussion

Tracklist:

LP 1: LALIBELA (1973)
1. LALIBELA
2. SHEBA’S DANCE
3. HIGH PRIESTESS
4. ROCK CHURCHES
5. DIALOGUE OF THE SPIRITS
6. MESENKO NIGHTS
7. INDIGO
8. YA A YA A YA A YA A
9. SUNSET AT GIZA

LP 2: KING OF KINGS (1974)
1. MOGHO NABA (KING OF KINGS)
2. QUEEN OF THE SPIRITS Part 1
3. QUEEN OF THE SPIRITS Part 2
4. QUEEN OF THE SPIRITS Part 3
5. NSORAMA (THE STARS)
6. MY AFRICA

LP 3: BIRTH / SPEED / MERGING
1. AOMAWA
2. BIRTH / SPEED / MERGING - Part 1
3. BIRTH / SPEED / MERGING - Part 2
4. BIRTH / SPEED / MERGING - Part 3
5. BIRTH / SPEED / MERGING - Part 4
6. REAFFIRMATION - Part 1
7. REAFFIRMATION - Part 2
8. REAFFIRMATION - Part 3
9. REAFFIRMATION - Part 4
10. JAMAICAN CARNIVAL - Part 1
11. JAMAICAN CARNIVAL – Part 2
12. BLACK MAN AND WOMAN OF THE NILE – Part 1
13. BLACK MAN AND WOMAN OF THE NILE – Part 2
14. BLACK MAN AND WOMAN OF THE NILE – Part 3
15. BLACK MAN AND WOMAN OF THE NILE – Part 4

LP 4: THE PYRAMIDS: LIVE AT KQED, 1975
1 JAMAICAN CARNIVAL
2. THE KING HE COMES
3. BLACK MAN AND WOMAN OF THE NILE
4. THEME FOR MARGAUX AND KAY

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