MP3 Gemini Soul feat. Ajamu Akinyele - Dark Skin Babies : The Movement
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20 MP3 Songs in this album (122:32) !
Related styles: JAZZ: Jazz Fusion, JAZZ: Jazz-Funk
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"Dark Skin Babies : The Movement" is a two CD set, which contains 20 tracks of non-stoppable experimental jazz funk-fusion at its best. With all songs produced, arranged and composed by Andre Ajamu Akinyele, bandleader and bassist, this marks as their fifth album. This is Gemini Soul's most political and social conscience collection to date. "Dark Skin Babies : The Movement" is the follow-up to their 2008 release "The Nefertiti Xperience."
"Dark Skin Babies : The Movement" features three cover songs by some revolutionary artists such as MeShell Ndegeocello's "Al-Falaq 113;" Herbie Hancock's "Chameleon;" and Prince's "All The Critics Love You In New York." Gemini Soul makes each song their own by infusing what they call "The Cyber Jazz Sound," which is a blend of jazz funk-fusion with an electronic element.
Gemini Soul, which consists of Andre Ajamu Akinyele (Ah-jah-moo + Ah-kin-yay-lay), Jon O'Bergh, Andrew Foster and Alex Marks have expanded once again by adding special guest Waahid Jones on saxophone and additional percussion. Ajamu Akinyele states "I feel this album will be appreciated by lovers of real music without boundaries...artists and likeminded individuals who think outside the box."
Disc 1 has more of an experimental Latin jazz fusion flavor with songs like "Reparation," "Dark Skin Babies : New Vibe," and "Finger Print;" whereas Disc 2 has more of a 70's jazz funk vibe with songs like "Right On," "Barack & Michelle," and "The Movement Pts. 1 & 2." Don't be surprised if you have one fist in the air by the end of the album.
This album isn't just creatively innovative, but spectacular from beginning to end. Gemini Soul's Cyber Jazz is here to stay and they continue to redefine jazz for a new generation. Gemini Soul's music isn't your typical jazz; it's Cyber Jazz!
About Gemini Soul:
Gemini Soul (Andre Ajamu Akinyele - bass & programming; Jon O'Bergh - piano, keyboards & programming; Andrew Foster - percussion; Alex Marks - drums; and special guest Waahid Jones - saxophone & percussion) originating from San Francisco are known for their eclectic blend of jazz funk-fusion with an electronic element..."Cyber Jazz."
Andre Marcel Ajamu Akinyele (Ah-jah-moo + Ah-kin-yay-lay) recorded as MARCEL from 1998 to 2004 and had independent success with several releases throughout the U.S., Europe and Japan. As MARCEL, he released five CD's ranging in style from Funk to World, but as Ajamu Akinyele (name change in 2004 meaning "Strong Warrior" in the Yoruba language of Nigeria, Africa) embarked on his first Cyber Jazz CD titled "Supernova" in 2005. In 2006 the world witnessed just how far Ajamu would go when he released the double CD "Black Magic The Cyber Jazz Experience," which established him as a true contender in the genre of jazz fusion.
Jon Carl O'Bergh has written and produced 5 CDs, including "Songs from other Planets;" "Carta," which was No. 1 nationwide on the NAV chart; "Meditations from a Lost World," which reached No. 3; "Sacred Spaces;" and "Millennial Landscapes," which reached No. 2. He also co-produced songs for MARCEL, now known as Ajamu Akinyele, on Marcel's 2003 release "Uptown : 2025 A.D.," and for R&B recording artist JARROD on his debut CD "Every Part of Me."
Ajamu and Jon joined forces in 2005 with the release of "A Cyber Jazz Holiday;" Gemini Soul was born fusing smooth jazz and funk fusion for a new generation. Two years later on January 9, 2007, Gemini Soul released their second offering "Liquid Soul," which features 13 tracks of new original music, plus favorite standards such as Peggy Lee's "Fever," and Dave Brubeck's "Take Five." "Liquid Soul" also features covers of Stanley Clarke's "Yesterday Princess," Sade's "Kiss of Life" and "Hang On To Your Love." On July 25, 2007, the world witnessed their third release "Live : The Liquid Soul Tour," which captures Gemini Soul doing what they do best, performing live. On February 25, 2008, Gemini Soul released their fourth CD "The Nefertiti Xperience," which started a new jazz revolution within the music industry. "The Nefertiti Xperience" reached No. 37 on the https://www.tradebit.com "Bestselling Hot New & Future Music Releases" in the Jazz Fusion genre. And on January 20, 2009, Gemini Soul will release their fifth CD âDark Skin Babies : The Movementâ and this time theyâre not only setting an example of musicianship, theyâre taking the sound Cyber Jazz to a superior level.
In late January 2007, Gemini Soul added Andrew Foster on percussion. Growing up in the early seventies listening to many styles of jazz, including Brazilian and traditional jazz, inspired Andrew to become a percussionist. He met with producer/bassist Ajamu Akinyele one evening after a Gemini Soul show and the rest is history.
In early June 2007, Gemini Soul added Alex Marks on drums. Alex is influenced by drummer David Silveria from the rock band Korn, and the drummer John Bonham from the 70's rock band Led - Zeppelin. So, why jazz? Alex's first drum teacher suggested that he listen and learn from the music and styling of Miles Davis, Tower of Power and John Coltrane. By joining Gemini Soul, Alex brings his influences of rock and funk-fusion, enhancing Gemini Soul's Cyber Jazz experience.
In early 2008, Gemini Soul met with percussionist/saxophonist Waahid Jones at one of their shows. In July of that year Waahid sat in with the band performing a few dates here and there and by the end of the year found himself recording music with them. Waahid Jones originally from St. Louis, MO has been playing percussion for over 20 years. His musical influences include Art Blakey, Elvin Jones, Kenneth Nash and Bill Summers, to name a few. Waahid has played and performed with some top contenders in the music industry such as El Debarge and Maestro Brian - who recorded on Maurice Whiteâs (Earth, Wind & Fire) record label - Kalimba Records.
"Dark Skin Babies : The Movement" is a mixture of experimental jazz funk-fusion. Gemini Soul delivers a brand new sound with this double CD. Musically influenced by the 70's jazz fusion explosion and inspired by artists such as Herbie Hancock, Return To Forever, MeShell Ndegeocello and Parliament-Funkadelic. This CD documents a testament of things to come from Gemini Soul. This isn't your typical jazz; this is Cyber Jazz!
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 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.
Gemini Soul feat. Ajamu Akinyele Upcoming Shows:
Sunday - January 18, 2009 @ 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM (2 Shows)
Silk Road Lounge
101 Broadway @ Embarcadero
Oakland, CA 94607
Saturday - January 24, 2009 @ 8:30 PM & 10:30 PM (2 Shows)
Hedley Club Lounge @ Hotel De Anza
233 West Santa Clara Street
San Jose, CA 95113
Also, available at CDBABY & iTunes:
Gemini Soul f/ Ajamu Akinyele â 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)
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