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So, What's the Big Deal About Scrum? So, What's The Big Deal About Scrum? This book provides all the information one needs to quickly get started using the Scrum methodology.

A quick definitive resource to help developers and students understand the principles and values of using Scrum in the app, game, software, and web development industry. The concepts in this book will help you understand and implement Scrum in order to manage products, projects, and app developments more efficiently.

Author: André Akinyele

The Shatter Point The Shatter Point, a suspense novel, is an intriguing study of contemporary society wrapped inside a ghost story that is wrapped inside a thriller.

Jada Mercer is used to getting her way, and she loves danger. When she meets Asher Williams, a sensitive musician in a band, she pressures him to prove himself through the rigors of an extreme haunt known as Horror Place. At the same time, the haunt's owners, Phil and Donna Woods, are locked in an escalating feud with neighbor Ruth Littleton. The terrifying consequences unfold step by step as the characters are pushed beyond the breaking point. Weaving layers of truth and fiction, the story challenges our sense of reality with unexpected twists and turns. In a world haunted by the ghosts of the past, how do we know what is real and what is not? After the shatter point, the horror will become all too real.

Author: Jon O'Bergh

So, What's the Big Deal About Scrum? Elliptical: The Music of Meshell Ndegeocello explores one of the most fascinating and creative figures in contemporary music Meshell Ndegeocello, an artist who defies labels and music genres.

From her first album Plantation Lullabies to her current Comet, Come To Me, musicians and authors André Akinyele and Jon O’Bergh try to capture the essence of Meshell's music from a fan's point of view through the contemplation of her musical journey that has been the soundtrack to our lives. The book combines personal reflections on how she has influenced and inspired the authors, and also takes the reader inside her music, explaining why she and her music are so powerful and successful.

Author: André Akinyele and Jon O'Bergh

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FILMS

The 
                                 Shatter Point (Book Trailer)
Jon O'Bergh - The Shatter Point (Book Trailer)
Compassion (Promo Video)
André Akinyele - Compassion (Promo)
Inner Gods (Music Video)
Lavender Lush - Inner Gods (Music Video)
The 
                                 Unauthorized Playlist (Promo)
André Akinyele - The Unauthorized Playlist (Promo)
Elliptical: The Music of Meshell Ndegeocello (Book Trailer)
Elliptical: The Music of Meshell Ndegeocello (Book Trailer)
Metal Skin and Ivory Birds (Promo 3)
André Akinyele - Metal Skin and Ivory Birds (Promo 3)
Metal Skin and Ivory Birds (Promo 2)
André Akinyele - Metal Skin and Ivory Birds (Promo 2)
Metal Skin and Ivory Birds (Promo 1)
André Akinyele - Metal Skin and Ivory Birds (Promo 1)
Ooo Child (Audio Video)
Gemini Soul - Ooo Child (Audio Video)
The Watchers of the Watchers Are Being Watched (Audio Video)
Gemini Soul - The Watchers of the Watchers Are Being Watched (Audio Video)
Snowman (Music Video)
Jon O'Bergh - Snowman (Music Video)
Snowman (Promo)
Jon O'Bergh - Snowman (Promo)
Carol of the Bells (Close to You Remix) (Music Video)
Jon O'Bergh - Carol of the Bells (Close to You Remix) (Music Video)
Joy to the World (Music Video)
Jon O'Bergh - Joy to the World (Music Video)
Carol of the Bells (Music Video)
Jon O'Bergh - Carol of the Bells (Music Video)
10 Shades of Christmas (Promo 3)
Jon O'Bergh - 10 Shades of Christmas (Promo Video 3)
10 Shades of Christmas (Promo 2)
Jon O'Bergh - 10 Shades of Christmas (Promo Video 2)
10 Shades of Christmas (Promo 1)
Jon O'Bergh - 10 Shades of Christmas (Promo Video 1)

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MUSIC

Telegram Mews André Akinyele - Telegram Mews (2018)

Funk-pop driven hip-hop and R&B with tight beats and free-floating paths of ethereal and innovative production in the likes of D'Angelo, Erykah Badu, and Prince with hints of the soul essence of Maxwell.

Compassion (Single) André Akinyele - Compassion (Single) (2017)

Moody, hip-hop, r&b with tight beats and free-floating paths of ethereal and innovative production in the likes of Drake, Frank Ocean, and Maxwell with hints of the soul essence of Marvin Gaye.

Inner Gods Lavender Lush - Inner Gods (2017)

The Torontonian outfit is an invigorating brand of seductive electronic music in the likes of Little Dragon, breathing a mix of synth-pop and up-tempo R&B with artsy style, creating an accessible collection that’s stylish and multifaceted.

The Unauthorized Playlist André Akinyele - The Unauthorized Playlist (2016)

With pristine vocal arrangements, this underground hip-hop, funk, and futuristic album takes cues from contemporary visionaries, such as Pharrell Williams, Erykah Badu, and D'Angelo, to create a distinctive consciousness.

Everyone Hates A Mime Looking for Lester - Everyone Hates A Mime (2015)

The love child of David Bowie, Prince, and Lenny Kravitz.

Metal Skin and Ivory Birds: The Remixes André Akinyele - Metal Skin & Ivory Birds: The Remixes (2015)

Dance, house, and the electronic styles reminiscent of Miguel Migs, Aya, and the Blue Six catalog.

Metal Skin and Ivory Birds André Akinyele - Metal Skin & Ivory Birds (2015)

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. Hauntingly beautiful and compelling, it features a passionate cover of Tori Amos' "Crucify."

Wilona's Boutique Gemini Soul - Willona's Boutique (2015)

Sexy, sultry, and sensual jazz reminiscent of Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, and Esperanza Spalding. The album features the Meshell Ndegeocello cover "Criterion" taken from her album Cookie: The Anthropological Mixtape.

Snowman Jon O'Bergh - Snowman (2014)

This collection of bonus tracks featuring two dance mixes of the hit "Snowman" (think Miguel Migs), an electrifying remix of "Acacia" (think Herbie Hancock), and a reinvented version of "It Came Upon A Midnight Clear" (think Tori Amos).

4 Shades of Christmas Jon O'Bergh - 4 Shades of Christmas (2014)

Four Shades of Christmas is a collection of holiday dance and electronic music based on four tracks from the holiday album 10 Shades of Christmas.

10 Shades of Christmas Jon O'Bergh - 10 Shades of Christmas (2014)

Reminiscent of Vince Guaraldi, these unforgettable piano-based arrangements of Christmas classics provide the perfect backdrop for the holidays. Hear the world’s cherished carols reinvented as you’ve never heard them before.

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NEWS

April 16, 2019 | André Akinyele releases “So, What’s the Big Deal About Scrum? A Methodology Handbook for Developers”. The book offers everything an app, game, software, and web developer needs to quickly utilize the Scrum methodology.

With a quick and concise take on explaining what Scrum is, how it works, how to implement it, and why one should, Akinyele’s methodology handbook for developers offers a definitive book for developers and students, and an important new voice to understand and quickly implement Scrum principles and values as a methodology framework in app, game, software, and web development. Inspired by Akinyele’s graduate school short essay “What’s So Special About Scrum?”, the essay is used as a reference worldwide in industry and colleges. Designed to help developers and students understand the Scrum method for improving collaborative productivity in app, game, software, and web development, the concepts in this book improve new scope to the field of development when managing projects and product development. This book is a concise handbook to understanding and implementing Scrum as a methodology framework and offers everything an app, game, software, and web developer needs to quickly utilize one of the most common methods in industry use.


May 20, 2018 | Jon O'Bergh unveils “The Shatter Point”. Terrifying consequences unfold step by step in this book as the characters are pushed beyond the breaking point.

Everyone has a breaking point. ​Jada Mercer is used to getting her way, and she loves danger. When she meets Asher Williams, a sensitive musician in a band, she pressures him to prove himself through the rigors of an extreme haunt known as Horror Place. At the same time, the haunt’s owners, Phil and Donna Woods, are locked in an escalating feud with neighbor Ruth Littleton. The terrifying consequences unfold step by step as the characters are pushed beyond the breaking point. Weaving layers of truth and fiction, the story challenges our sense of reality with unexpected twists and turns. In a world haunted by the ghosts of the past, how do we know what is real and what is not? After the shatter point, the horror will become all too real.


March 30, 2018 | André Akinyele Celebrates Prince with Cover of "The Ballad of Dorothy Parker" on New Funk/Pop/ R&B/Reggae Album “Telegram Mews.”

André Akinyele's new album Telegram Mews comprises his multi-instrumentalist production, except for guest appearances by Jon O'Bergh (piano on “Body” and “Call Me”) and EFFIIGY (rap vocals on both versions of “Compassion”). Jon O'Bergh provides the listener with a spectrum of soulful and erotic piano, while EFFIIGY brings his mastermind genius of flow and lyricism in the likes of hip-hop artists Lil Wayne and Earl Sweatshirt. Telegram Mews is an album that blends funk, pop, r&b, and reggae. Akinyele, the legendary indie musician, states that “releasing this album has been an emotional rollercoaster, as the industry is constantly changing, and being independent is even more challenging.” For his twenty-first release, wait what, yes, his twenty-first release since 1989 using different names, including Marcel, Ajamu Akinyele, Gemini Soul, Looking For Lester to name a few, this release is solid and mature. This is the follow-up to his full-length critically acclaimed hip-hop album The Unauthorized Playlist.


August 18, 2017 | André Akinyele Releases New Pop/R&B Single “Compassion” feat. EFFIIGY.

André Akinyele announces new album entitled Telegram Mews to be released November 3, 2017 inspired by Drake, Frank Ocean, and Maxwell with hints of the soul essence of Marvin Gaye. The first single “Compassion” featuring EFFIIGY, a rising hip-hop/rap artist from Ithaca, NY, brings Effiigy’s mastermind genius of flow and lyricism in the likes of hip-hop artists Lil Wayne and Earl Sweatshirt. Like a smooth and precisely constructed masterpiece, André Akinyele's pristine vocal twists and turns result in “Compassion” being interlaced with sleek production. “Compassion” feat. EFFIIGY will be available Friday, August 18, 2017, the first single taken from the forthcoming André Akinyele new pop/r&b/ soul album Telegram Mews.


August 4, 2017 | Inner Gods, the debut album from electronic duo Lavender Lush, features new wave synths, weaving electro-pop and dance

Available on August 4, 2017 on CD and Digital format, the album is an invigorating brand of seductive electronic music, breathing a mix of synth-pop and up-tempo R&B with artsy style, creating an accessible collection that’s stylish and multifaceted in the likes of Little Dragon, FKA twigs and Daft Punk. Lavender Lush is part of the underground synth-pop movement in Toronto. Garnering an international presence, the duo consists of Chambliss Charlie (vocals, drum programming, and synths) and Hotbox (synths and programming), names taken from the 1986 cult film Reform School Girls. Chambliss Charlie’s voice is soulful, jazzy, and flirty as heard on Indigo Dreams. The songs Breathe, Skin, and Ghost Inside ooze the essence of Little Dragon, but the tribute to Prince in Tigers Claw provides a swagger that’s sultry electro-R&B. The album also flavors pop-oriented songs like Transform, Never No Rest, and Rush Sugar.


June 3, 2016 | André Akinyele Releases New Electrifying R&B/ Hip-Hop Album “The Unauthorized Playlist”

Taking cues from contemporary hip-hop, R&B, and “neo-soul” visionaries, such as Pharrell Williams, Erykah Badu, and D’Angelo to create a distinctive consciousness, “The Unauthorized Playlist” uses underground hip-hop, funk, and futuristic sounds to explore the madness of keeping secrets, the anger of friendship betrayal, and the rise of self-empowerment. André Akinyele is slated to release “The Unauthorized Playlist” on June 3, 2016, available at iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby. The album features thirteen tracks including &l“After Dark,” “Alright Tonight,” “Keep Movin’: Who’s on the Telephone,” and “Up” and features special guests MV, LoLo, Big Mike, Lil O, DJ Glo, GDP, and FV. Hear and order “The Unauthorized Playlist” on iTunes!


September 18, 2015 | 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. The album also features the Meshell 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 saying thank you after all the years of support. Willona's Boutique was recorded with the two founding musicians André 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).


August 14, 2015 | Looking for Lester's debut album “Everyone Hates A Mime,” produced by Messiah Superstar, is the love child of David Bowie, Prince, and Lenny Kravitz.

The album is alternative, pop-funk, and pure rock & roll. Looking for Lester confronts the issues of today from politics in the songs “Side Shows and Carnival Barkers” and “Capitol Hill” to the music industry in “Rock & Roll Take My Soul” and “Sellout.” From the Washington, D.C. area, Looking for Lester is Rebellion (guitars, bass, effects, keyboards, lead and backing vocals), Jedi of Cool (keyboards, piano, harmonica, organ) and Kolumbia (drums, percussion).


May 19, 2015 | Songs taken from André Akinyele's highly anticipated release Metal Skin and Ivory Birds, these remixes encapsulate the sounds of deep house and electronic soul.

Reminiscent of such artists as Miguel Migs, Aya, and the Blue Six catalog, Akinyele's soul-driven sound is transcendent.


March 31, 2015 | “Elliptical: The Music of Meshell Ndegeocello” to be released,the first book written on the Multi-Grammy Nominated singer-songwriter and recording artist.

Limited Autographed Print Edition by the authors is now available, exclusively at Amazon.com (Limited 100 Copies). This offer is ongoing until sold out.

“Elliptical: The Music of Meshell Ndegeocello” explores one of the most fascinating and creative figures in contemporary music: Meshell Ndegeocello. She’s an artist who defies labels and music genres, continually inspiring many with her profound vision. Meshell Ndegeocello is a rare breed in the music industry. She has survived and weathered the ups and downs of the business by evolving musically, even against fans’ expectations. But, even more, she has also evolved spiritually. She’s like an older sister or close relative who you watch growing up right before your very eyes, from crazy and wild to mature and content within herself.


February 24, 2015 | Metal Skin and Ivory Birds by the reclusive André Akinyele is his highly anticipated fourteenth album that includes the hit single “We Walked On the Moon.”

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 12 track CD 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 states “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.


December 2, 2014 | “Snowman” is a collection of bonus tracks that amplifies Jon O'Bergh's holiday releases “10 Shades of Christmas” and “Four Shades of Christmas (The Remixes).”

With the hit “Snowman,” O'Bergh has combined jazz, dance, and electronic music to his live piano improvisation in the likes of Herbie Hancock's Future 2 Future (2001) release. The EP is a collection of holiday dance and electronic music that shows O'Bergh's eclectic musical tastes, celebrating the holidays with an energetic twist. Once again, André Akinyele provides superb production for this inventive collection of bonus tracks.


November 25, 2014 | With “Four Shades of Christmas,” Jon O'Bergh combines jazz, dance, and electronic music with live piano improvisation, adding to his exploration of musical depths.

An extension of his holiday release “10 Shades of Christmas,” Jon has created an EP that literally celebrates the holidays with an energetic twist. The EP includes remixes of Carol of the Bells, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, The First Noel, and Jack Frost Is Coming to Town (a take on Santa Claus is Coming to Town). Jon enlisted long-time producer and band mate André Ajamu Akinyele on this rousing, pulsating, and solid EP.


November 11, 2014 | “Jedi of Cool” pianist, composer and author Jon O'Bergh follows up his critically acclaimed jazz/funk fusion album “Skin Deep” with an album of ten Christmas classics.

The collection includes cherished carols such as “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” “Joy to the World,” and “The First Noel.” Jon's memorable take on one modern classic, retitled “Jack Frost Is Coming to Town,” introduces a new contemporary jazz sound with a festive musical interlude. Jon's signature sound that his fans have come to love resound throughout each track, while introducing new arrangements accompanied by Holmes Run Orchestra and The Nu Jazz Horns, along with bass player André Ajamu Akinyele, who also produced the album. This marks Jon's first holiday album, adding to his diverse music repertoire of nine solo albums and five albums recorded with Gemini Soul. With influences of Vince Guaraldi, Dave Brubeck, and Tori Amos, among others, “10 Shades of Christmas” intertwines a style unto its own, producing an enchanted holiday masterpiece that just might become one of your favorite holiday albums.


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ABOUT

We are Orange River a successful global book publishing, film and video, and recording company.

With a visionary approach toward nurturing talent, Orange River is home to some impressive and innovative authors, film and video makers, and musical talents of our time. We are committed to artistry, innovation, and entrepreneurship. We produce, distribute and promote the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful books, films and videos, and music to delight and entertain fans around the world. Our vast catalog is diverse and culturally rich. We are the home for music’s greatest artists, innovators, and entrepreneurs. The Orange River roster includes André Akinyele, Jon O'Bergh, Gemini Soul, Lavender Lush, Looking for Lester, and others.

Offices: United States and Canada.

Owner and Executive: André Akinyele

Affiliate Labels: Bombay Recording Company and Pearl Jazz Recording

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