Jesse Ekow Awir Markin is a Liberian-born singer-songwriter from Finland. He grew up in a small town called Viljakkala. With a population of 2500 there was not much a young black boy could do without attracting some unwanted attention in this tiny northwestern town. He looked different and felt different. This environment contributed greatly to an identity crisis, as Markin always attempted to find things that reflected his internal world and struggles. At a very young age Markin made a conscious decision to do things differently.
Markin fell in love with rap music at the age of twelve and it changed everything. The confidence and energy was something he had never felt before. “I wanted be just like those guys”, states Markin.