Andre Akinyele | The Potomac Syndrome

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The Potomac Syndrome

by Andre Akinyele

Inspired by Prince, Lenny Kravitz, Meshell Ndegeocello, and Rahsaan Patterson, this album is an alternative Pop/Rock and R&B experience.
Genre: Pop: Pop/Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Potomac Syndrome
3:35 $0.99
2. Run To
2:56 $0.99
3. Speakerphone
3:15 $0.99
4. Feel so Good
4:10 $0.99
5. Dc Love (You Know It)
4:00 $0.99
6. After the Love
5:11 $0.99
7. Help Me
3:33 $0.99
8. Georgetown
3:54 $0.99
9. Love Me
5:09 $0.99
10. Nebula
2:32 $0.99
11. Tip of My Tongue
2:50 $0.99
12. Dance for Me
3:31 $0.99
13. Pacemaker
1:55 $0.99
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Album Notes
'The Potomac Syndrome' is an eclectic album that features a mix of several musical genres, including alternative Pop/Rock and R&B grooves in the likes of Prince, Lenny Kravitz, Meshell Ndegeocello, and Rahsaan Patterson. The album opens with the title track “The Potomac Syndrome,” a Funk/Rock song reminiscent of early Lenny Kravitz. Tracks like “Run To” and “Help Me” find Akinyele’s passion for love ignited. In contrast, songs like “Nebula” and “Tip of My Tongue” show Akinyele experimenting with technology and synths suggestive of the early 80s. The album was promoted with the singles “Run To”, “Feel So Good”, “DC Love (You Know It)”, “Help Me”, “Georgetown”, “Love Me”, “Nebula”, and “Dance for Me.”

Who is Andre Akinyele?

Producer, bassist, and multi-instrumentalist Andre Marcel Ajamu Akinyele, pronounced Ah-jah-moo + Ah-kin-yay-lay, recorded as Marcel releasing five R&B/Funk albums from 1998 to 2004. He's had worldwide success with those releases, including in Europe, Japan, and Australia. His last recording under the moniker Marcel was 2004's 'Secret Weapon Volumes 1 & 2.' As Ajamu Akinyele, he released the Jazz/Funk Fusion albums ‘Supernova’ (2005) and the critically acclaimed ‘Black Magic The Cyber Jazz Experience’ (2006), which established him as a true contender in the jazz industry. Also, as Ajamu Akinyele, he formed the “Cyber Jazz” band Gemini Soul and released several Jazz/Funk Fusion albums as the bandleader and bassist. He now records as Andre Akinyele.

As Andre Akinyele, his entire catalog can be purchased right here at CD Baby, so look for the following titles:

The Potomac Syndrome "2012"

Metal Skin and Ivory Birds "2015"

The Metal Skin and Ivory Birds Remixes “2015”

The Unauthorized Playlist “2016”

Compassion “2017”

Telegram Mews “2018”

Fun Facts:

He changed his birth name on his 32nd birthday, June 21, 2004, from ‘Andre Marcel Wilson’ to ‘Andre Marcel Ajamu Akinyele’ to reflect a more African heritage. Also, in changing his name, he wanted to depart from the Prince influenced sound to a more self-defined sound to honor his grandmother. Thus, “Cyber Jazz” and the Pearl Jazz Recording Label was born. After the release of the ‘Secret Weapon’ album, he formed the jazz/funk/fusion band Gemini Soul and began recording as Ajamu Akinyele. He would not return to the Prince influenced sound until the release of his 2012 album ‘The Potomac Syndrome’ as Andre Akinyele.

As Andre Akinyele, 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.



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