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Continuing in the tradition of artists like Bob Marley, Duke Ellington, Marvin Gaye, Billie Holiday, and Tupac Shakur, Samora Pinderhughes’ The Transformations Suite (DownBeat magazine’s Top 10 Album of 2017) paints a musical picture of the current state of social inequality and injustice in the United States and beyond. Moving through five sections—Transformation, History, Cycles, Momentum (parts 1 and 2), and Ascension—the suite connects contemporary issues such as the prison industrial complex and the Black Lives Matter movement with the history of revolutionary movements of color as it builds a bridge between the past and the future. Lyrics are drawn from original poems by actor and poet Jeremie Harris, as well as Pinderhughes, Saul Williams, and Tupac Shakur.
The Transformations Suite has been performed throughout South America and the U.S. at venues including the American Museum of Natural History, the Harlem Arts Festival, The Juilliard School, UC Irvine, New York University, Joe’s Pub, the Jazz Gallery, MoMA, and Columbia University. It was featured as part of Blackout for Human Rights’ #MLKNow event which was viewed by over 500,000 people and trended #1 on Twitter.