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NEWS FLASH

Good News and Bad News...Gemini Soul will be relocating to the East Coast as of July 1, 2009...more info coming soon. Bay Area this is your last chance to see Gemini Soul "Live" before they adventure into the next phase in their career.

Gemini Soul is getting radio airplay on KZSC 88.1 FM / College Radio in Santa Cruz, CA-
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Gemini Soul is getting radio airplay on JAZZ 88 FM / KBEM in Minneapolis, MN - Click Here

Read A Review from Sacramento & Co. TV Show in regards to Gemini Soul's most recent performance on the show in the Review Section on this page.

Watch Gemini Soul's live interview and performance on Sacramento & Co., which aired on 4.16.09. They performed "Dark Skin Babies" - Click Here


Gemini Soul CD Review on The Urban Music Scene website dated 3.11.09
for their new double CD Dark Skin Babies : The Movement - Click Here


Listen to Gemini Soul's radio interview with DJ/Host Tory Barnett of Sentimental Sundays Radio Show - WFSK 88.1 FM; Air Date: 2.22.09 -
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Gemini Soul's "Dark Skin Babies : The Movement" reached #13 on Amazon's "Hot New Releases: The Bestselling New & Future Releases" jazz fusion chart

Gemini Soul is getting radio airplay on Jazz Spaces 94.1 FM - Radio 2
produced and hosted by Vasja Ivanovski in Skopje, Macedonia

Listen to Gemini Soul's radio interview with DJ/Host Feeve Wells of The Morning Drive Show - KPOO 89.5 FM; Air Date: 2.16.09 - Click Here

Gemini Soul CD Review in the Nashville City Paper dated 2.12.09
for their new double CD Dark Skin Babies : The Movement - Click Here


Gemini Soul "Featured Artist" on Le Jazz Affair Radio Sunday - February 15th; Click to listen to the Podcast at LeJazzAffair336-021509.MP3


Listen to 6 Tracks from Dark Skin Babies : The Movement at www.myspace.com/officialgeminisoul

 

:THE ALBUM:



Gemini Soul
Dark Skin Babies : The Movement

Pre-Release Date: January 20, 2009
Official Release Date: February 10, 2009
Pearl Jazz Recording Label
Release # PJRL-0109
UPC: 634479971495
Format: Studio CD

Track List - Disc 1:

1. Dark Skin Babies 2. Pearl Lives
3. Dueling of the Tribes 4. Al-Falaq 113
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5. Android Slavery 6. Chameleon**
7. Reparation 8. Revolution : Evolve
9. Dark Skin Babies : New Vibe
10. Finger Print


Track List - Disc 2:

1. The Movement : Intro 2. Right On!
3. Barack & Michelle 4. The Movement Pt 1
5. The Movement Pt. 2
6. There's No Money In Jazz
7. Pick It Up
(America)
8. O.C.S. (Only Child Syndrome)
9. All The Critics Love You***
10. Nakedness : Skin

Available Now At:

CDBABY

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:THE STORY:

Dark Skin Babies : The Movement from Gemini Soul is a two CD set, which contains 20 tracks of non-stoppable experimental jazz funk-fusion at its best. Dark Skin Babies : The Movement is the follow-up to Gemini Soul's 2008 release The Nefertiti Xperience. 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 features three cover songs by some revolutionary artists such as MeShell Ndegeocello's "Al-Falaq 113" taken from her jazz effort The Spirit Music Jamia : Dance of the Infidel album; Herbie Hancock's "Chameleon" taken from his Head Hunters album; and Prince's "All The Critics Love You In New York" taken from his 1999 album. Gemini Soul makes each song their own by infusing what they call "The Cyber Jazz Sound."



Gemini Soul, which consists of Andre Ajamu Akinyele, 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 70s 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!



:THE MUSIC & REVIEWS:


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THE URBAN MUSIC SCENE - Dark Skin Babies: The Movement takes Gemini Soul ambitious jazz journey into more social commentary, musical twists and turns, and new renditions from those musical groundbreakers that touch their musical soul. Within the twenty tracks, a few highlights caught my special attention. Subject matter such as treatment of minorities and the black versus black mentality ("There's No Money In Jazz" and "Dueling of the Tribes" respectively) are illustrated with heavy hitting lyrics and spoken word. "Android Slavery" meshes roots Reggae with GS's funk backbeats. In respect to their peers, they revisit "Chameleon"- the fusion classic by Hancock; Ndegeocello's Afro-Cuban avant-garde composition - "Al-Falaq 113," and a slightly tweaked "All The Critics Love You" (the B side of "Little Red Corvette" from 1982) adding a shout-out for cyber jazz. The track, though, that exposes GS's strongest creative juices is "Finger Print." This spotlight on guest saxophonist Waahid Jones is a model exercise in fluid jazz expressions; smooth jazz oozing into a brief Carribean passage before busting out with shades of John Coltrane wrapping up with an engaging Latin finale. The absolute strength of this two-disc set is the firm cohesion and a firm respect between the four members; plus some tight horns from Jones. Akinyele happens to mention in several radio interviews that he wants his audience to also get up and dance. Certainly not meant to put that theory down or to dismiss the cyber jazz notion, but GS should relax their funk tendencies on Dark Skin Babies: The Movement every once in awhile, because this band is more than a dance floor sensation that blends keen jazz sensibility on the aforementioned tracks. Being the workaholic that Akinyele is (GS has released at least one disc every year since its debut in 2005), they should have more music and plenty of passion in their tank to stretch their jazz muscles for many years to come. - Peggy Oliver

NASHVILLE CITY PAPER -
"Gemini Soul combines a strong political message with explosive and experimental sounds that blend jazz flavor and rock attitude... Gemini Soul bring the best of the 70s into the 21st century!" - Ron Wynn

SAN JOSE METRO -
Gemini Soul known for its experimental style, is much more than an unusually eclectic jazz band...Gemini Soul fuses soul, funk, and electronic sounds into its music to create a whole new brand of jazz!" - Andrea Frainier

WFSK 88.1 FM -
Gemini Soul offers a blend of eclectic smooth jazz and funk, fused into Cyber Jazz! Dark Skin Babies The Movement embodies a political edge, and a multitude of songs defining the spirit of positive motivation throughout the album. Dark Skin Babies The Movement contains an endless fusion of rhythmic funk, swing and collective improvisation! - Tory Barnett (Sentimental Sundays Radio Show)

SACRAMENTO & CO. (NEWS10/ABC) -
A sincere and most appreciative Thank You for making a guest appearance on our morning show Sacramento and Company. It is so great to host guests like you who come with a genuine positive energy that is felt all over the studio. Viewers have the benefit of pleasurable, informative and engaging segments like yours! - Monika Harris (Sacramento & Co.)



:RADIO INTERVIEWS:





Click the KPOO image to listen to
Gemini Soul's Radio Interview
with DJ/Host Feeve Wells
The Morning Drive Show
KPOO 89.5 FM
Show Aired 2.16.09

Gemini Soul talks about their
new double album
Dark Skin Babies : The Movement







Click the WFSK image to listen to
Gemini Soul's Radio Interview
with DJ/Host Tory Barnett
Sentimental Sundays Radio Show
WFSK 88.1 FM
Show Aired 2.22.09

Gemini Soul talks about their
new double album
Dark Skin Babies : The Movement
and their prior release
The Nefertiti Xperience

 

:THE VIDEOS:  

Gemini Soul - Dark Skin Babies
(Live on Sacramento & Co. TV Show)
Taken from Gemini Soul's new double album "Dark Skin Babies : The Movement." © 2009 Pearl Jazz Recording Label and Sacramento & Co. All Rights Reserved. Watch this Gemini Soul video and many others at
www.youtube.com/pearljazz

Gemini Soul - Video Promo from Gemini Soul's new double album "Dark Skin Babies : The Movement." © 2008-2009 Pearl Jazz Recording Label. All Rights Reserved. Watch this video and many others at www.youtube.com/pearljazz

Gemini Soul - Sun Goddess (Music Video)

Taken from the 2008 release "The Nefertiti Xperience." © 2008 Pearl Jazz Recording Label. All Rights Reserved. Watch this video and many others at
www.youtube.com/pearljazz

Gemini Soul - Radical (Music Video)
Taken from the 2008 release "The Nefertiti Xperience." © 2008 Pearl Jazz Recording Label. All Rights Reserved. Watch this video and many others at
www.youtube.com/pearljazz

 

:THE TOUR:

Gemini Soul:

Andre Ajamu Akinyele - bass, keyboards, guitar, & programming

Jon O'Bergh - fender rhodes, keyboards, piano & programming

Andrew Foster - percussion

Alex Marks - drums


with Special Guest:

Waahid Jones - saxophone & percussion


































GEMINI SOUL
++ DARK SKIN BABIES : THE MOVEMENT ++
UPCOMING SHOWS


Sunday - January 18th
THE SILK ROAD LOUNGE

101 Broadway @ Jack London Square
Oakland, CA  94607
Time: 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM
(2 Shows)

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Friday - January 23rd

FUNDRAISER

1040 Border Road
Los Altos, CA  94024
Time: 7 PM to 10 PM

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Saturday - January 24th
HEDLEY CLUB LOUNGE - HOTEL DE ANZA

233 West Santa Clara Street
San Jose, CA  95113
Time: 8:30 PM & 10:30 PM (2 Shows)

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Sunday - February 15th
(Cancelled Due To Weather)
EON COFFEE

24970 Hesperian Blvd.
Hayward, CA  94545
Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

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Monday - February 16th
KPOO 89.5 RADIO INTERVIEW
THE MORNING DRIVE SHOW
W/ DJ FEEVE WELLS

Radio: 89.5 FM
Online: www.kpoo.com
San Francisco, CA  94115
Time: 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM

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Sunday - February 22nd
WFSK 88.1 FM RADIO INTERVIEW
FISK UNIVERSITY

Radio: 88.1 FM
Online: www.wfsk.org
Nashville, TN   37208
Time: 3:00 PM CST.

Note: This interview will air at 1:00 PM PST.


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Thursday - February 26th
DE ANZA COLLEGE

21250 Stevens Creek Blvd.
Cupertino, CA  95014
Time: 12:00 PM

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Saturday - March 14th
(Cancelled Due To Weather)
EON COFFEE

24970 Hesperian Blvd.
Hayward, CA  94545
Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

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Saturday - March 21st
HEDLEY CLUB LOUNGE - HOTEL DE ANZA

233 West Santa Clara Street
San Jose, CA  95113
Time: 8:30 PM & 10:30 PM (2 Shows)

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Thursday - April 9th
THE BISTRO

1001 B Street
Hayward, CA  94541
Time: 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM

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Sunday - April 12th
EON COFFEE

24970 Hesperian Blvd.
Hayward, CA  94545
Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

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Thursday - April 16th
SACRAMENTO & CO. TV SHOW

News 10 Studios
400 Broadway
Sacramento, CA  95818
Time: 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Broadcast on NEWS10/ABC

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Saturday - April 18th
HEDLEY CLUB LOUNGE - HOTEL DE ANZA

233 West Santa Clara Street
San Jose, CA  95113
Time: 8:30 PM & 10:30 PM (2 Shows)

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Sunday - May 10th
EON COFFEE

24970 Hesperian Blvd.
Hayward, CA  94545
Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

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Saturday - May 16th
HEDLEY CLUB LOUNGE - HOTEL DE ANZA

233 West Santa Clara Street
San Jose, CA  95113
Time: 8:30 PM & 10:30 PM (2 Shows)

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Saturday - May 23rd
Sunday - May 24th
MONTEREY BAY SPRING FESTIVAL

20 Custom House Plaza @ Fisherman's Wharf
Monterey, CA  93940
Time: 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

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Friday - June 12th
DE ANZA COLLEGE

21250 Stevens Creek Blvd.
Cupertino, CA  95014
Time: 12:00 PM

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Sunday - June 14th
EON COFFEE

24970 Hesperian Blvd.
Hayward, CA  94545
Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

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Saturday - June 20th
LAUREL SUMMER SOLSTICE MUSIC FESTIVAL

ACE Hardware Stage
4024 MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA  94619

Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

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Saturday - June 20th
HEDLEY CLUB LOUNGE - HOTEL DE ANZA

FINAL BAY AREA PERFORMANCE
233 West Santa Clara Street
San Jose, CA  95113
Time: 8:30 PM & 10:30 PM (2 Shows)

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GEMINI SOUL WILL BE RELOCATING TO THE EAST COAST
AS OF JULY 1, 2009

STAY TUNED FOR MORE INFORMATION

 

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