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Secret Weapon Volumes 1 & 2

by Marcel

Inspired by Prince and his albums Dirty Mind, Sign O'The Times, and LoveSexy, this is Marcel's "Funkiest" album.
Genre: Urban/R&B: Funk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Password
0:25 $0.99
2. Secret Weapon
4:41 $0.99
3. Cosmopolitan
3:36 $0.99
4. Come on Baby
3:47 $0.99
5. Spoken Words
4:28 $0.99
6. Body Electric
4:18 $0.99
7. Music / Afterparty
4:42 $0.99
8. The Number 69
3:39 $0.99
9. There Is a Love / Melody
3:40 $0.99
10. Got 2 Get Up
3:59 $0.99
11. You Blow My Mind : Frequency
5:44 $0.99
12. Explicit
6:09 $0.99
13. The Secret Weapon
2:30 $0.99
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Album Notes
Marcel (also known as Andre Marcel Wilson and Andre Marcel Ajamu Akinyele), ‘Secret Weapon Volumes 1 & 2’ is his fifth and final release recording as Marcel. Along with the release was a world tour promoting all of his material from 1998 to the present in select cities and countries. Inspired by Prince and Meshell Ndegeocello with a very funk influenced sound, Marcel feels that this project was his funkiest album to date! If you enjoyed Prince's albums Dirty Mind, Sign O' The Times, and LoveSexy, then this album is for you! The album was promoted with the singles “Secret Weapon”, “Cosmopolitan”, “Body Electric”, “Music / Afterparty”, “Got 2 Get Up”, and “You Blow My Mind : Frequency feat. Jarrod”. Tracks from the album received radio airplay worldwide, including in Australia and garnered accolades in the country.

After the passing of his grandmother in December 2003, he legally changed his birth name from “Andre Marcel Wilson” to “Andre Marcel Ajamu Akinyele” in 2004 to reflect more of an African heritage. He realized that blacks in America were the only culture that did not have its own last names. He stated, “White people carry their family birth last names, Asian’s have their cultural last names, Latin’s have their own cultural names, yet blacks in America are the only culture without their cultural last names due to slavery. Therefore, taking the slave masters last name. My former last name ‘Wilson’ was given to me by someone who didn’t even know me, my family, my ancestors, nor had respect for my people. My new last name ‘Akinyele’ is a gift from the Universe. I have embraced my new life force and within I’ve become Andre Marcel Ajamu Akinyele, meaning ‘Strong Warrior’ – pronounced Ah-ja-moo Ah-kin-yay-lay.”

Additionally, 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.

The song “The Secret Weapon,” powerful in itself, is where he announces he is now “Ajamu Akinyele.”

Marcel declared, “When your life begins to come in full circle, you take on a new life force that represents a new beginning within.”

Marcel has recorded under numerous names including Michael Angelo (in 1989 releasing a single titled "Brina Brown" in Europe) and Ajamu Akinyele as a jazz 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.

As Marcel, his entire catalog from 1998–2004 can be purchased right here at CD Baby, so look for the following titles:

The Diary of Marcel "1998"

Spice : The Alternative Hip-Hop Experience "2001"

Uptown : 2025 A.D. "2003"

Uptown : 2025 E.P. "2004"

Secret Weapon Volumes 1 & 2 "2004" (His last recording as Marcel)

Fun Facts:

Andre Marcel Ajamu Akinyele 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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Soul Treasures

Sophisticated Funk/R&B!
This is Marcel's fifth CD inspired by Prince. Secret Weapon Volumes 1 & 2 is very sophisticated funk/R&B!

Bill Ribas - N.Y. Rock

Marcel is the funky antidote you need!
Marcel, whose music is inspired by Prince and MeShell N'degeocello is the funky antidote you need from all that horrid junk you may have been ingesting lately. And while his production and or arranging may not be as intense or involved as Prince's music, there is nonetheless an ample dose of funk, something that is in short supply lately. The title track Secret Weapon is perhaps the most infectious, moving quickly out of the gate, and getting your funky feet to the floor. And, overall, though there are more songs on the slower, romantic side, there is enough funk here to tide you over until his next disc comes out.

Wonder B

Great music...
This album is a tribute to Prince's music... if you like what the Purple One did in the late 80's this oughta please you too, because Marcel's music is just in that vein. Funky, and with crystal clear sound...


This is definitely the album to check out!
In early 2005 I was in a small record store in Sydney, Australia purchasing some vinyl when a song that sounded so much like Prince's "Girls & Boys" caught my ears. When I asked what was playing the guy at the counter said, "I think he's a Prince fan" & proceeded to show me the other songs on the album, which also bore resemblance to other Prince classics such as "Little Red Corvette," "I Wanna Be Your Lover," "Pop Life," "It's Gonna Be Beautiful Night" & "Forever In My Life."

Basically, if you want some seriously Prince-influenced grooves and an artist reaching for a much more positive high, then this is definitely the album to check out. Best cuts include: "Secret Weapon," "Cosmopolitan," "Come On Baby," "Number 69," and "There is a Love/Melody."

Jon Obergh

Funky and Hot!
The more I listen, the more this CD gets under my skin! Funky and hot, with nice creative touches that raise the music out of the ordinary. One of my favorate tracks is the mysterious, seductive "Come on Baby." Great CD!