Creating filtered version of banner image.

Gemini Soul

A Cyber Jazz Holiday

by Gemini Soul feat. Ajamu Akinyele

Released 2005
Pearl Jazz Recording Label
Released 2005
Pearl Jazz Recording Label
Holiday smooth jazz/fusion, capturing the true essence of the season in the likes of Vince Guaraldi, Nat King Cole, and Dave Brubeck to put you in the holiday spirit.
NOTES
‘A Cyber Jazz Holiday’ features original music, plus favorite standards such as Vince Guaraldi's “Christmas Time Is Here” renamed "The Holiday's Are Here," and Nat King Cole's “The Christmas Song” renamed "The Holiday Song." The album also includes the holiday classics "Silent Night" and "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing." The physical album includes a bonus track of Miles Davis' "So What," and was only available at live shows during the holiday season. The album was promoted with the singles “Winter”, “Evergreen”, “Gemini Soul Is Coming To Town”, and “The Holiday Song”.

As Gemini Soul, producer/bassist Ajamu Akinyele and pianist Jon O'Bergh captures the spirit and soul of the holiday season, providing a unique sound called "Cyber Jazz," continuing to redefine jazz for a new generation. Musically compared to the likes of Sade, Herbie Hancock, Meshell Ndegeocello, Miles Davis, and Dave Brubeck among others; performing together as Gemini Soul has given them the outlet to explore new boundaries and to create a musical vision called "Cyber Jazz." This album marks as the first Gemini Soul project.

Who is Gemini Soul?

Producer, bassist, and multi-instrumentalist Andre Marcel Ajamu Akinyele, pronounced Ah-jah-moo + Ah-kin-yay-lay, recorded as Marcel releasing five R&B/Funk albums from 1998 to 2004. He's had worldwide success with those releases, including in Europe, Japan, and Australia. He released ‘Supernova’ (2005), a Jazz/Funk/Fusion album as Ajamu Akinyele, musically inspired by various artists including Jon O'Bergh, Marcus Miller, and Meshell Ndegeocello to name a few.

Jon O'Bergh has written and produced several albums including ‘Carta’ reaching #1 nationwide on the NAV chart; ‘Meditations from a Lost World’ which reached #3; and ‘Millennial Landscapes’ which reached #2. He also co-produced songs with Marcel, now known as Ajamu Akinyele, on his 2003 release ‘Uptown : 2025 A.D.’ and for R&B recording artist Jarrod on his debut album ‘Every Part of Me’.

As Gemini Soul, their entire catalog from 2005–2015 can be purchased right here at CD Baby, so look for the following titles:

A Cyber Jazz Holiday "2005"

Liquid Soul "2007"

Live : The Liquid Soul Tour “2007”

The Nefertiti Xperience “2008”

Dark Skin Babies : The Movement “2009”

Willona’s Boutique “2015” (Their last recording as Gemini Soul)

Fun Facts:

Ajamu Akinyele has recorded under numerous names including Michael Angelo (in 1989 releasing a single titled "Brina Brown" in Europe) and Marcel as an R&B/Funk artist. His last recording under the moniker Marcel was 2004's 'Secret Weapon Volumes 1 & 2.' He was also the bandleader of the jazz/funk/fusion band Gemini Soul. He now records as Andre Akinyele.

He changed his birth name on his 32nd birthday, June 21, 2004, from ‘Andre Marcel Wilson’ to ‘Andre Marcel Ajamu Akinyele’ to reflect a more African heritage. Also, in changing his name, he wanted to depart from the Prince influenced sound to a more self-defined sound to honor his grandmother. Thus, “Cyber Jazz” and the Pearl Jazz Recording Label was born. After the release of the ‘Secret Weapon’ album, he formed the jazz/funk/fusion band Gemini Soul and began recording as Ajamu Akinyele. He would not return to the Prince influenced sound until the release of his 2012 album ‘The Potomac Syndrome’ as Andre Akinyele.

As Andre Akinyele, he has developed other ventures, including his Orange River enterprise that consists of a record label, book publishing company, and film studio. He produced albums for Jon O’Bergh. He is the bandleader, guitarist, bassist, and lead singer of the rock group Looking for Lester, working under the pseudonym Rebellion and producing the album under the name Messiah Superstar. He is also the lead singer, drum programmer, and keyboardist for the electronic synth-pop duo Lavender Lush, also working under the pseudonym Chambliss Charlie. He co-authored the book ‘Elliptical: The Music of Meshell Ndegeocello.’ Aside from music, he is also the owner of Akinyele Design Firm, which focuses on graphic design and visual arts. Also, he is the owner of Ajamu, a gaming and software development company. He authored the tech book ‘So, What’s the Big Deal About Scrum? A Methodology Handbook for Developers.’ In addition to holding an Associate's of Arts degree in Music Technology and a Bachelor's degree in Legal Studies, he also holds a Master's degree in Information Technology (IT): Software Engineering.

About

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.

LISTEN TO SELECTED TRACKS

Promo Video