Real Name:
Michael Andre Lewis (M. André)
Mandré was the alter ego of Andre Lewis.
When Maxayn disbanded, Lewis signed a contract with Motown Records and developed the persona of Mandré. While Maxayn had been playing funk and soul, Mandré was Andre's project to add electronic elements and also shift the sound toward more spacey funk and disco.
In both his albums and live performances, Mandré was represented as the "mystery man from outer space". His face was always hidden behind a futuristic mask, which made him look like a robot.
Mandré was promoted by Motown as being "funkier than Parliament". However, after 3 albums which went largely unnoticed, Lewis ended his relationship with the label to pursue independent production. He retained the rights and title to the Mandré name and released a final album ("Mandré 4") by himself in 1980.
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M-886P1 Mandré - Mandré album art Mandré Mandré (Album) Motown M-886P1 Canada 1977 Sell This Version
M7-900HT Mandré - Mandré Two album art Mandré Mandré Two (Album) Motown M7-900HT US 1978 Sell This Version
M7-917R1 Mandré - M3000 album art Mandré M3000 (Album) Motown M7-917R1 US 1979 Sell This Version
RH-R88 Mandré - Mandré 4 album art Mandré Mandré 4 (Album) FutureGroove RH-R88 US 1982 Sell This Version

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M 1434F Mandré - Keep Tryin' album art Mandre* Keep Tryin' (Single) Motown M 1434F US 1977 Sell This Version
M 1429F Mandré - Solar Flight (Opus I) album art Mandré Solar Flight (Opus I) (Single) Motown M 1429F US 1977 Sell This Version
PSLP 233 Mandré - Nowhere To Run / Solar Flight (Opus 1) album art Dynamic Superiors / Mandré Dynamic Superiors / Mandré - Nowhere To Run / Solar Flight (Opus 1)(12", Promo) Motown PSLP 233 UK 1977 Sell This Version
M 1448F Mandré - Light Years (Opus IV) / Fair Game album art Mandre'* Light Years (Opus IV) / Fair Game (Single) Motown M 1448F US 1978 Sell This Version
TMG 1144 Mandré - Swang album art Mandré Swang (Single) Motown TMG 1144 UK 1979 Sell This Version
MCS-063 Mandré - Freakin's Fine album art Mandré Freakin's Fine (Maxi, Single) Motown MCS-063 Brazil 1979 Sell This Version
M 1461F Mandré - Spirit Groove album art Mãndre* Spirit Groove (Single) Motown M 1461F Canada 1979 Sell This Version
SG 073, SG 074 Mandré - Mama Marin album art Mandré Mama Marin(7", Single, Cle) SuperGroove (2), SuperGroove (2) SG 073, SG 074 US 1980 Sell This Version
URBSAMP07 Mandré - Disco Spectrum III (Sampler) album art Denise LaSalle / Mandré Denise LaSalle / Mandré - Disco Spectrum III (Sampler)(12", Smplr) Urban Theory URBSAMP07 UK 2002 Sell This Version
RH-RSS 2 Mandré - Solar Flight (Opus I) / M3000 (Opus VI) album art Mandré Solar Flight (Opus I) / M3000 (Opus VI) Rush Hour (4) RH-RSS 2 Netherlands 2010 Sell This Version
Classic Wax 12014 Mandré - Show You The Way To Go / Solar Flight (Opus 1) album art The Jacksons / Mandre* The Jacksons / Mandre* - Show You The Way To Go / Solar Flight (Opus 1)(12") Classic Wax Classic Wax 12014 US Unknown Sell This Version


PR-38 Mandré - Motown's Magical Spring Tour! album art Mandré, Rare Earth & Platinum Hook Mandré, Rare Earth & Platinum Hook - Motown's Magical Spring Tour!(LP, Comp, Promo, Smplr) Motown PR-38 US 1978 Sell This Version

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February 3, 2020
Having replaced George Duke in Zappa's band after his departure, to my ears, Andre was influenced by Zappa (he even covered "Dirty Love)…
His other obvious influences were Parliament/Funkadelic, though even wackier and more spaced-out IMO.

Mandre was an interesting artist who deserves more credit than he's gotten.


December 25, 2012
Considering the level of achievement that reached Detroit Techno in history, it still astonishes me that very few know about the music from Mandré, the Man From Outter Space. Precursor of many things to come, Michael Andre Lewis settled through Motown (through where he released his three first solo LPs) the pillars of Deep Space kind of electronic music, and I believe you know very well what I'm talking about. His four solo albums are priceless and timeless accomplishments of future music, with the hottest approach of Soul, Funk & Tech you can possibly imagine.

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