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Metal Skin and Ivory Birds

by André Akinyele

Released 2015
Orange River Records
Released 2015
Orange River Records
Organic soul food for the heart and mind with its refreshing and powerful questioning of the world, where no one or nothing is off limits. Hauntingly beautiful and compelling, it features a passionate cover of Tori Amos' "Crucify."
The reclusive André Akinyele has returned with his fourteenth album Metal Skin and Ivory Birds. Produced over a year, the songs were recorded in one to three takes to keep the raw and powerful emotions that capture the essence of the entire album and the songs are presented in the order they were written and recorded. The musicianship is a culmination of everything he's learned throughout his musical journey.

The album ends with a passionate cover of Tori Amos' "Crucify," which replaced an original song "The Marks of Cain and Abel." Overall, Metal Skin and Ivory Birds is musically inspired by Joni Mitchell's 1975 album The Hissing of Summer Lawns and lyrically inspired by current events, for which Metal Skin and Ivory Birds is about observations and experiences, questioning the world where no one or nothing is off limits. Akinyele states in the song "Threatened By All Things," he has nothing to lose.

Metal Skin and Ivory Birds is probably one of the most honest albums ever created because he is offering a singer-songwriter approach just as Joni Mitchell, Curtis Mayfield, Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Fela Kuti, Marvin Gaye, and Gil Scott-Heron did by tackling social issues of the time. Akinyele states "it's an album that questions; especially, the state of the music industry, suicide, religion, spirituality, self-awareness, and politics. I want this album to spark conversation."

Album Credits:

Produced, arranged, composed, and performed by André Akinyele and features pianist Jon O’Bergh, The New Jazz Horns, Holmes Run Orchestra, and percussionist Earl Jones.


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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