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André Akinyele's new Funk/Pop/R&B album "Telegram Mews" - Out Now!

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André Akinyele, one of funk and R&B's most musically diverse indie artists, finally releases Telegram Mews, arriving 2 years after his full-length critically acclaimed The Unauthorized Playlist (2016). Filled with solid musicianship, social and political awareness, and transcendental production, Telegram Mews is a blend of funk/pop-driven hip-hop, mystical soul-R&B. The twisting melodies of André's musicality are here.

The pop/synth-driven "T.O. (Toronto)" provides a glimpse into his new life in the Canadian city. The soulful and layered vocal harmonies are at the center of the tech-soul-funk "Sweet Thang" and the cover of Prince's "The Ballad of Dorothy Parker." The title track and the D'Angelo inspired "Old Skool Vibe" are party anthems filled with reggae-tinged, head bobbin' grooves. The soulful and erotic piano-driven "Body" and "Call Me," featuring Jon O'Bergh on piano, harkens to André's love of romanticism. In contrast, the politically conscious songs "Immigrant" and "Compassion feat. EFFIIGY" are relevant to the state of world turbulence.

Two decades into his music career, André Akinyele remains a magnetic and relevant presence in the music industry.


Multi-instrumentalist, producer, and composer André Akinyele has recorded under the names Marcel and Ajamu Akinyele, exploring multiple music genres. He is the bandleader and bassist of the jazz/funk fusion band Gemini Soul, the vocalist and guitarist for the rock band Looking for Lester, as well as the vocalist and keyboardist for the electronic synth-pop duo Lavender Lush. He is also the co-author of the book Elliptical: The Music of Meshell Ndegeocello.


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