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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.
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 the Hip-Hop/R&B genre. “Let The Funk Flow” is layered with futuristic funk, while “Picture Show” offers an old-school vibe that makes you feel all sexy inside. The album was promoted with the singles “Spice”, “Set Your Body Free”, “Blame It On The Cocktail”, and “Picture Show”. Collectively Marcel has put together an outstanding album that is creative, musically stimulating and vibrant. ‘Spice’ is guaranteed to make you hot!

Accolades: "Spice" received radio airplay worldwide, including bay area’s own KMEL 106.1, LIVE 105.3, KALX 90.7, KBMB 103.5, KISS 98.1, KUSF 90.3, KSJS 90.5, and KSFM 102.5. The album’s cd packaging was featured on the cover of Disc Makers magazine (2001-2002 Factory-Direct-Catalog) and the company’s promotional advertisements.

Marcel has recorded under numerous names including Michael Angelo (in 1989 releasing a single titled "Brina Brown" in Europe) and Ajamu Akinyele as a jazz 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.

As Marcel, his entire catalog from 1998–2004 can be purchased right here at CD Baby, so look for the following titles:

The Diary of Marcel "1998"

Spice : The Alternative Hip-Hop Experience "2001"

Uptown : 2025 A.D. "2003"

Uptown : 2025 E.P. "2004"

Secret Weapon Volumes 1 & 2 "2004" (His last recording as Marcel)

Fun Facts:

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.


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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