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Willona's Boutique

by Gemini Soul

Sexy, sultry, and sensual jazz reminiscent of Herbie Hancock, Esperanza Spalding, and the horn arrangements of Miles Davis.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Fusion
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Ooo, Child
Gemini Soul & Ajamu Akinyele
3:43 $0.99
2. The Watchers of the Watchers Are Being Watched
Gemini Soul & Ajamu Akinyele
3:43 $0.99
3. Silver Lame
Gemini Soul & Ajamu Akinyele
4:10 $0.99
4. Criterion
Gemini Soul & Ajamu Akinyele
4:13 $0.99
5. Buffalo Butt
Gemini Soul & Ajamu Akinyele
4:26 $0.99
6. Baker Street
Gemini Soul & Ajamu Akinyele
4:11 $0.99
7. Gramps
Gemini Soul & Ajamu Akinyele
6:40 $0.99
8. Dilemma
Gemini Soul & Ajamu Akinyele
4:20 $0.99
9. La Boutique
Gemini Soul & Ajamu Akinyele
6:35 $0.99
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Album Notes
After the release of their 2009 jazz/funk fusion album ‘Dark Skin Babies : The Movement’ and touring non-stop in support of that album, the founding members of Gemini Soul – Ajamu Akinyele and Jon O’Bergh – moved to the Washington, D.C. area in July of that year. The band remained on hiatus until the release of their 2015 release ‘Willona’s Boutique.’ This album marks as their sixth and final Gemini Soul project. The album was promoted with the singles “Ooo, Child”, “Criterion”, “Baker Street”, “Gramps”, and "La Boutique."

Sexy, sultry, and sensual jazz, Willona's Boutique is Gemini Soul's final album. Inspired by the television show Good Times and the character Willona Woods, the song titles are words Willona has either said or themed episodes based around her character. Willona's Boutique embodies the horn arrangements of Miles Davis, the space synth sounds of Herbie Hancock, and combines the bass grooves of Esperanza Spalding and Meshell Ndegeocello. The album also features the Ndegeocello cover "Criterion" taken from her album Cookie: The Anthropological Mixtape.

It's been over six years since Gemini Soul released an album, 2009 to be exact. With half the band moving to the Washington, DC area in mid-2009, various band members contributing to outside projects, and watching a changing industry, it was time to release an album for the fans. Willona's Boutique is Gemini Soul's way of giving back and saying thank you after all the years of support.

Willona's Boutique was recorded with the two founding musicians Andre Ajamu Akinyele (bass, guitars, and keyboards) and Jon O'Bergh (piano, fender rhodes, and keyboards), along with additional support by The Nu Jazz Horns (horns), Earl Jones (percussion), and Dean "Stix" Jones (drums).

Although this is the final recorded album for Gemini Soul, they still have lots of unreleased songs in the vault, which also consists of an unreleased album titled Rebirth. It was originally going to be released back in 2008, but, instead, the band released The Nefertiti Xperience (2008), which reached #15 on the Amazon "Hot New Releases" chart, out-performing a reissue of a Miles Davis album. But the band's leader Andre Akinyele stated, "who knows, I've learned that every time a musician states that it's their final this or that, they always release something later. So, you never know, everyone likes a comeback! Maybe the Rebirth project was saved just for that reason."

Willona's Boutique album credits:

Produced, arranged, and composed by Andre Akinyele
"Criterion" composed by Meshell Ndegeocello
Performed by Gemini Soul
All songs published by Funkdivity Music (ASCAP) and Jon O'Bergh (BMI)
"Criterion" published by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
Recorded and mixed at Holmes Run Studios; Alexandria, VA
Mastered by Holmes Run Mastering
Packaging design by Akinyele Design Firm

Who is Gemini Soul?

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. As Ajamu Akinyele, he released ‘Supernova’ (2005) and the critically acclaimed ‘Black Magic The Cyber Jazz Experience’ (2006), both Jazz/Funk/Fusion albums, that established him as a true contender in the jazz industry.

Jon Carl O'Bergh has written and produced several albums including ‘Carta’ reaching #1 nationwide on the NAV chart; ‘Meditations from a Lost World’ which reached #3; and ‘Millennial Landscapes’ which reached #2. He also co-produced songs with Marcel, now known as Ajamu Akinyele, on his 2003 release ‘Uptown : 2025 A.D.’ and for R&B recording artist Jarrod on his debut album ‘Every Part of Me’.

Gemini Soul’s sound “Cyber Jazz” is a blend of jazz/funk fusion and reflects the influences of bassists Meshell Ndegeocello, Esperanza Spalding and Stanley Clarke, the funk fusion of jazz legend Herbie Hancock, and the pop funk jazz fusion of Miles Davis.

Gemini Soul has been featured on the morning television show Sacramento & Co., (ABC affiliate KXTV) and various radio shows throughout the country. Their music has been featured on the hit television shows Girlfriends, The Tony Danza Show, and Entertainment Tonight. They had the privilege of opening for Sheila E's father Pete Escovedo at the 2007 San Jose Juneteenth Festival. Pete Escovedo said, "Ajamu is one FUNKY bass player!"

Gemini Soul has performed in some of the country's most prestigious jazz and club venues such as Catalina Jazz Club and The Knitting Factory both in Hollywood, CA; The Coach House, San Juan Capistrano, CA; The Rhythm Room, Phoenix, AZ; Kuumbwa Jazz, Santa Cruz, CA; The Hedley Club Lounge, San Jose, CA; Shanghai 1930 Jazz Lounge, San Francisco, CA and many others.

Gemini Soul has been a “Featured Artist” in the Abyss Jazz Magazine; Almaden Times Weekly; Vallejo Times Herald; East Bay Express; Oakland Tribune/Contra Costa Times and the Monterey County Herald, to name a few.

Gemini Soul's discography has been recognized and added to Billboard and VH1, which is a huge accomplishment being independent artists.

As Gemini Soul, their entire catalog from 2005–2015 can be purchased right here at CD Baby, so look for the following titles:

A Cyber Jazz Holiday "2005"

Liquid Soul "2007"

Live : The Liquid Soul Tour “2007”

The Nefertiti Xperience “2008”

Dark Skin Babies : The Movement “2009”

Willona’s Boutique “2015” (Their last recording as Gemini Soul)

Fun Facts:

Ajamu Akinyele has recorded under numerous names including Michael Angelo (in 1989 releasing a single titled "Brina Brown" in Europe) and Marcel as an R&B/Funk 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.

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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