Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids Record Release Show with SK Kakraba and DJ Carlos Niño, Night 1

Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids Record Release Show with SK Kakraba and DJ Carlos Niño, Night 1

SK Kakraba (solo), Carlos Niño (DJ)

Thu · May 24, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm


This event is 21 and over

8:00 - 8:20 PM - SK Kakraba

8:30 - 9 PM - Carlos Niño (DJ set)

09:00 - 10:15 PM - First set, performing songs from the album “WE BE ALL AFRICANS”

10:15 - 10:55 - Carlos Niño (DJ set)

11:00 - 12:15 - Second set, performing songs from the album “AN ANGEL FELL”

12:15 - 1:00 AM - Carlos Niño (DJ set)

Idris Ackamoor
Idris Ackamoor
Idris Ackamoor (born Bruce Baker circa 1950, hometown Chicago) is a multi-instrumentalist (saxophone), composer, actor, tap dancer, director, and producer. He is the Founder and Executive/Co-Artistic Director of the San Francisco performance company, Cultural Odyssey.
SK Kakraba (solo)
SK Kakraba (solo)
SK Kakraba is master of the gyil, a Ghanaian xylophone made of 14 wooden slats strung across calabash gourd resonators. The buzzy rattle emitted with each note comes from the silk walls of spiders’ egg sacs stretched across holes in the gourds, called paapieye in Lobi language. The gyil’s earthy sound can be heard in parts of Upper West and Northern Regions of Ghana, as well as Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso and beyond, where it goes by other names.
The characteristic buzzing timbre might sound odd to foreign ears. But this distortion is just one of the beautifying sensibilities crucial to SK’s gyil music, which he learned as a child from elders in his Lobi community in the far northwest reaches of Ghana. It’s the national instrument of the Lobi people.
His uncle Kakraba Lobi—heretofore described as his father in biographies but technically SK’s uncle—is the recognized master of the gyil, having performed, recorded and taught worldwide as a Lobi musical ambassador. Lobi’s renown in ethnomusicology circles cannot be understated and his contribution to J.H. Kwabena Nketia’s legendary Institute of African Studies at University of Ghana, Legon is immeasurable. Lobi passed away in 2007 and his “son” SK has been carrying the torch ever since.
SK learned traditional music in Saru, a small farming community in Northern Region, Ghana. When he was very young he was always listening to xylophonists play and he would grab the beaters and start to learn what he heard them play, especially when his family members were performing. When SK played something incorrectly, he was shown the right way. Most of his family are also gyil players, in addition to his uncle Kakraba Lobi. Over time, he learned a large repertoire and became a working master of the instrument. He kept learning until Lobi brought SK to Accra to work as a performer and instructor.
Carlos Niño (DJ)
Carlos Niño (DJ)
Carlos Gabriel Niño is an internationally celebrated producer, arranger, composer, musician, radio host, DJ, music consultant, writer, poet, and event organizer, based in his hometown of Los Angeles, California. He has been an important force in the contemporary independent music scene since 1995. A prolific artist, Niño has been involved in the production of more than 100 records and has toured with various bands and as a DJ throughout Europe, Japan and the United States.
Venue Information:
2478 N Fletcher Dr
Los Angeles, CA, 90039