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Black Magic The Cyber Jazz Experience the double jazz/fusion CD from Ajamu Akinyele is musically stunning, captivating, and was predicted to be one of the "Best New Independent Jazz Album's of 2006" from music critics. You've heard his music on major and independent radio stations around the world. You've seen him on the morning television show "Sacramento & Co." broadcast on ABC. And, his music was featured on the hit television show "Girlfriends," which airs on the CW Network in the Bay Area, but who is the man behind the music?
Producer/bassist Andre Marcel Ajamu Akinyele, pronounced Ah-jah-moo + Ah-kin-yay-lay, recorded as MARCEL from 1998 to 2004. He's had independent success with several releases in the San Francisco Bay Area, Europe, and Japan. As MARCEL, he released five CD's ranging from Funk to World, but as Ajamu Akinyele, embarked on his first cyber jazz CD Supernova, (2005).
He changed his name on his 32nd birthday, June 21, 2004 from Andre Marcel Wilson to Andre Marcel Ajamu Akinyele to reflect a more African heritage. Ajamu released his last CD as MARCEL titled, Secret Weapon Volumes 1 & 2, (2004). He struggled in his career as MARCEL trying to find his true musical style. Now he has created his own unique identity producing what he calls "Cyber Jazz - Funk Fusion," trying to redefine jazz for a new generation.
Recording as MARCEL, he arrived on the scene in 1998 with his debut CD The Diary of Marcel. His follow up release Spice : The Alternative Hip-Hop Experience (2001), helped him to establish a loyal independent following in Japan and Europe. With the release of his third and fourth CD's Uptown : 2025 A.D. (2003), and Uptown : 2025 E.P. The Remixes (2004), he developed a true sense of artistry and a vision of being dedicated to his musicianship. These releases gained him radio airplay on the "Upper Room with Joe Kelley," a radio station in Connecticut that was featured on Pop Icon PRINCE website, and also gained him attention on MTV Germany. Uptown : 2025 A.D. was a self-awakening, and now he is aware of who he is, and where he's going! On Secret Weapon Volumes 1 & 2, his fifth and final release recording as MARCEL, he displays funk in a way that makes you think of bands like Parliament/Funkadelic. Secret Weapon Volumes 1 & 2 also gained him distribution, radio airplay, and exposure in Australia.
Supernova, (2005) is filled with elements of futuristic sounds combining funk and fusion, while maintaining a sense of an R&B feel. This CD is a reflection of his personal and musical growth as a recording artist. So, Supernova was not only a new beginning or a rebirth, but also a new direction in sound to take him to the next level in his journey, Cyber-Jazz!
Black Magic The Cyber Jazz Experience, (2006) captures the true essence of cyber-jazz, which is a blend of smooth jazz - funk fusion influenced by the smooth sounds of Sade, the laid back grooves of MeShell Ndegeocello, the funkiness of Prince, and the fusion of Miles Davis.
Ajamu Akinyele is a well-rounded musician whose mission in life is to be true and honest, and to produce great music for people who truly love music. Along the way he hopes to inspire younger generations to show an appreciation for jazz. Experience Cyber Jazz!
Gemini Soul feat. Ajamu Akinyele Upcoming Shows:
Friday - June 12, 2009 @ 12 PM
De Anza College
21250 Stevens Creek Blvd. (Campus Center)
Cupertino, CA 95014
Sunday - June 14, 2009 @ 1 PM
24970 Hesperian Blvd.
Hayward, CA 94545
Saturday - June 20, 2009 @ 1 PM
Laurel Village Summer Solstice Music Festival
ACE Hardware Stage
4024 MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94619
Saturday - June 20, 2009 @ 8:30 PM & 10:30 PM (2 Shows)
The Hedley Club Lounge
Hotel De Anza
233 West Santa Clara Street
San Jose, CA 95113
Also, available at CDBABY & I-Tunes:
Gemini Soul f/ Ajamu Akinyele – Dark Skin Babies : The Movement (2009)
Gemini Soul f/ Ajamu Akinyele - The Nefertiti Xperience (2008)
Gemini Soul f/ Ajamu Akinyele - LIVE : The Liquid Soul Tour (2007)
Gemini Soul f/ Ajamu Akinyele - Liquid Soul (2007)
Ajamu Akinyele - Black Magic : The Gold Edition (2007)
Ajamu Akinyele - Black Magic The Cyber Jazz Experience (2006)
Gemini Soul f/ Ajamu Akinyele - A Cyber Jazz Holiday (2005)
Ajamu Akinyele - Supernova (2005)
MARCEL - Secret Weapon Volumes 1 & 2 (2004)
MARCEL - Uptown : 2025 E.P. The Remixes (2004)
MARCEL - Uptown : 2025 A.D. (2003)
MARCEL - Spice The Alternative Hip-Hop Experience (2001)
MARCEL - The Diary of Marcel (1998)