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Marcel

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 scene.

Review: "The Diary" is a refreshingly rough cut of lo-fi R&B...He could not have picked a more appropriate title, as each track takes us through his very personal trials and tribulations of a long-term romance gone sour...Watch for 'Strawberry Saturday' and the 'I Love You Song,' where Marcel's tenor bears his soul in a style reminiscent of the way The Artist (Prince) used to do his ballads." ~ Davis Enterprise

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.

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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