“I’ve been allowed to write a story I believe inspires people”

Tampere is important to me because lot of things started from there. I found my love for music, had incredible experiences, and made lot of friends.

More often than not the environment we live in will also build up our identity and I feel that even though I didn’t always get everywhere I wanted to get, I always ended up where I was supposed to end up in.

With Tampere I’ve been allowed to write a story that I believe to inspire people near and far.

Jesse Markin is a rapper and singer born in Liberia, and who spent his youth in Viljakkala (nowadays called Ylöjärvi). Markin published his debut album Folk in May 2019. Markin was given the Newcomer of the Year award and Critics’ Choice award in 2020 Emma gala.