Bio

YAKO 440 is a multi-instrumentalist, beatboxer, beat maker and graffiti writer. In 2015 Yako travelled to Tanzania with the cultural exchange program Next Level to teach and perform with local Hip Hop artists, and previously toured Istanbul and Gambia as a cultural ambassador through the U.S. State Department. He has released 3 albums as a duo with MC/beatboxer Baba Israel and in 2015 they  formed the live Hip Hop/Spoken Word collective Soul Inscribed with vocalists Duv and Grace Galu, saxophonist Sean Nowell, and drummer Doron Lev. Soul Inscribed released their self titled debut album and toured Russia, Taiwan, Indonesia & Mauritius with American Music Abroad in February 2016. In theater Yako has created original music for Hip Hop Theater productions "How To Break" by Aaron Jafferis, Baba Israel’s “Boombap Meditations," “The Spinning Wheel” which was awarded the BRIC fireworks residency and NYSCA Composer’s Grant for 2016. Soul Inscribed and Yako 440 will be resident artists at HERE Arts in SOHO 2018-2020. He holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College (USA) and has led music and visual art workshops at home and abroad.