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Marcel

Marcel

Marcel [aka Andre Akinyele] is an American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He changed his name “Andre Marcel Wilson” to “Andre Marcel Ajamu Akinyele” and formed Gemini Soul. He performed as Ajamu Akinyele, and now records as Andre Akinyele.

Secret Weapon Volumes 1 & 2

by Marcel

Released 2004
Bombay Recording Company
Released 2004
Bombay Recording Company
Inspired by Prince and his albums Dirty Mind, Sign O'The Times, and LoveSexy, this is Marcel's "Funkiest" album.
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‘Secret Weapon Volumes 1 & 2’ is Marcel's fifth and final release recording as Marcel. Along with the release was a world tour promoting all of his material from 1998 to the present in select cities and countries. Inspired by Prince and Meshell Ndegeocello with a very funk influenced sound, Marcel feels that this project was his funkiest album to date! If you enjoyed Prince's albums Dirty Mind, Sign O' The Times, and LoveSexy, then this album is for …
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Uptown : 2025 E.P. The Remixes

by Marcel

Released 2004
Bombay Recording Company
Released 2004
Bombay Recording Company
Alternative R&B/Futuristic Space Funk with elements of Erykah Badu, Prince, and Meshell Ndegeocello, this album is the precursor to Janelle Monae’s Metropolis: Suite I (The Chase) E.P.
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With the success of ‘Uptown : 2025 A.D.,’ Marcel went back into the studio to remix his favorite tracks. ‘Uptown : 2025 E.P. The Remixes’ is Marcel's fourth album. The album was promoted with the singles “You’re The Love of My Life (2025 Mix)”, “Pretty Baby (Galaxy Mix)”, and “I’ve Got To Know (Cosmic Mix)”. The E.P. also featured a new track “All My Love...The Truth Pt. 2).

Marcel has recorded under numerous names including …
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Uptown : 2025 A.D.

by Marcel

Released 2003
Bombay Recording Company
Released 2003
Bombay Recording Company
Alternative R&B/Futuristic Space Funk with elements of Erykah Badu, Prince, and Meshell Ndegeocello, this album is the precursor to Janelle Monae's The ArchAndroid.
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After the success of his debut album ‘The Diary of Marcel’ and his second offering ‘Spice: The Alternative Hip-Hop Experience,’ that included Marcel being on the front cover of Disc Makers Magazine, receiving internet distribution with The Orchard, being nominated for the "Just Plain Folks 2002 Internet Awards," and the ‘Spice’ album being added to a Japanese Cable Network Station for a television program; Marcel is ready to save the world with his third offering ‘Uptown : 2025 …
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SPICE : The Alternative Hip-Hop Experience

by Marcel

Released 2001
Bombay Recording Company
Released 2001
Bombay Recording Company
Alternative Hip-Hop, Rap, R&B, Old-School, and Futuristic Funk reminiscent of Macy Gray, Maxwell, Prince, and Meshell Ndegeocello.
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After 3 years of working on the follow-up to “The Diary of Marcel,” he is back with a new look and new sound! Rockin’ blonde hair twists and bringing Afrofuturism to the mainstream, Marcel’s ‘Spice: The Alternative Hip-Hop Experience’ is a hot mixture of Rap, R&B, Old-School and Futuristic Funk. It has been compared to Macy Gray, Maxwell, Prince and Meshell Ndegeocello. “Come Over” featuring Hip-Hop rap star Tori Fixx displays Marcel's diversity in …
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The Diary Of Marcel

by Marcel

Released 1998
Bombay Recording Company
Released 1998
Bombay Recording Company
With a cool groove laid down under a smooth vocal line, Marcel captures the audience and redefines hip-hop/R&B with a touch of a newly developed alternative sound.
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In 1998, Marcel (also known as Andre Marcel Wilson and Andre Marcel Ajamu Akinyele) released his debut album 'The Diary of Marcel' on his own label Bombay Recording Company. It was promoted with the singles “I Like It”, “A Need to Please”, “Maybe Tomorrow”, and “Strawberry Saturday”. It was a refreshing take on Old-School R&B, reminiscent of Tevin Campbell and Rahsaan Patterson. He toured the local circuit and became a true contender on the independent …
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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.

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