Andre Akinyele | Metal Skin and Ivory Birds

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Metal Skin and Ivory Birds

by Andre Akinyele

Inspired by Meshell Ndegeocello and Joni Mitchell’s ‘The Hissing of Summer Lawns,’ this album is hauntingly beautiful and compelling with its refreshing and powerful questioning of the world, where no one or nothing is off limits.
Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
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1. War of Independence
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2. Middle-Class Circumstance
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3. A Ritual of Sound and Time
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4. Metal Skin and Ivory Birds
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5. Romantic and Snow-Blind
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6. Interrupting the Sorrow
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7. We Walked on the Moon
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8. Mimicking Tenderness
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9. Faster Than a Falling Star
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10. Cities Under the Sand
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11. Threatened by All Things
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12. Crucify
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
‘Metal Skin and Ivory Birds’ by the reclusive André Akinyele is his highly anticipated album that was promoted with the singles “War of Independence”, “A Ritual of Sound and Time”, “Romantic and Snow-Blind”, “We Walked On the Moon”, “Cities Under the Sand”, and “Threatened By All Things.”

The album is 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. The album is hauntingly beautiful and compelling, and is based on observations and life experiences of recent world events. The album features a passionate cover of Tori Amos' "Crucify" and is musically inspired by Joni Mitchell's 1975 album 'The Hissing of Summer Lawns.'

Akinyele 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. Not since recording artist Meshell Ndegeocello's 1993 album 'Plantation Lullabies' has there been a brutally honest album in this vein. Akinyele stated “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." ‘Metal Skin and Ivory Birds’ may be one of the most honest albums ever recorded.

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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