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Yinka: Rhymes under Pollution

Manolis, a.k.a Olayinka or MC Yinka, as most people know him, is a Nigerian, 2nd-generation immigrant who was born and raised in Athens, Greece. His African roots, interwoven with his Greek upbringing, make Yinka a unique voice in the downtown music scene. A well-respected MC, he works with various bands ranging from ethnic fusion to jazz and pop. He also plays with dub veterans Direct Connection and has his own band, Urbanix. Recently, his neighborhood has been a battleground for tensions between a growing racist neo right-wing youth and the numerous immigrant inhabitants of the area.

With all the madness that surrounds his dilapidated neighborhood, he manages to rise up above the pollution, inspired by the things he sees, using his lyrics as weapons to fight against the discrimination that permeates his world and stand up for the rights of his people.


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