Andre Akinyele


Author, Entrepreneur, Musician

André Akinyele is an American singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. He resides in Toronto, Canada. In 2012, he released The Potomac Syndrome promoted with the singles "Feel So Good," "DC Love (You Know It)," and "Georgetown." In 2015, he released Metal Skin and Ivory Birds, offering a singer-songwriter approach, questioning the world, leaving no one or nothing off limits. It was promoted with the singles "War of Independence," "A Ritual of Sound and Time," "We Walked On the Moon," and "Cities Under the Sand." In 2016, he released The Unauthorized Playlist exploring the madness of keeping secrets, the anger of friendship betrayal, and self-empowerment. It was promoted with the singles "After Dark," "Sky’s the Limit," and "Keep Movin': Who's on the Telephone." In 2018, he released Telegram Mews and promoted it with the singles "T.O. (Toronto)," "Telegram Mews," and "Compassion."


In January 2020, André Akinyele will release Uniqlo Boy a black gothic, futuristic, and universal odyssey of hardcore beats, electro love songs, and dance music. The album features "Ride or Die," "Uniqlo Boy," "Streetcar," and "App Love (Digi-Love)."


André Akinyele defies stereotypical genres and remains a magnetic and viable force in music. He recorded as R&B/funk artist Marcel (1998–2004) and Ajamu Akinyele as the pioneering force of the cyber-jazz movement with his band Gemini Soul. Also, he is the leader of the rock band Looking for Lester (credited as Rebellion), and the electronic/synth-pop duo Lavender Lush (credited as Chambliss Charlie). He is the co-author of the book Elliptical: The Music of Meshell Ndegeocello, and the author of the tech book So, What’s the Big Deal About Scrum?