of Yinka & The African Beats,
was born in Osogbo, Nigeria West Africa. Yinka started his music carrier at the age of 10. He was a member of the choir of Okanla Baptist Church in Osogbo and he was also the drummer in his primary school. He is self taught in his drumming which include conga, drum set, talking drum and percussions in general.
Yinka farinde is a born artist who combines his artistic expression in different dimensions such as music, acting, fashion designing, dancing, etc.
Yinka migrated from Nigeria to Canada in 1989 as a registered nurse anaesthetist. He formed his first band in 1994 with the name New Horizon, which was subsequently changed to Yinka & The Juju Beats and has now become Yinka & The African Beats.
This exciting musical genre is known as JUJU BEAT which hails from the Yoruba culture of Nigeria. It is characterized by tight vocal harmonies and exquisite guitar works backed by traditional talking drums and percussion; all of which Yinka accompanies with his own unique style of energetic dancing.
Yinka Farinde, famous for his resemblance in performance to King Sunny Ade, has found great success in Nigeria, Europe and America. Along with the talking drums and other traditional percussion instruments, he has incorporated western instrument such as guitar, keyboards, etc.
Yinka's velvet voice, reminiscent of King Sunny Ade, expresses his music in Yoruba language. Beautifully harmonized, the selections include Nigerian folk songs, music of praise and anecdotal numbers recounting the day to day activities in Yoruba society.
Yinka interacts easily with the audience, encouraging them to participate in the fun.
Backing Yinka is his incredible 10 piece band, all professional musicians, all dressed in colorful African fabrics (Yinka's other claim to fame as a designer of African fashion). The players never stop, as they easily and happily move from playing, dancing, drumming and singing.
Yinka and his band have performed many concerts, including the Afro Fest Canada 1999, where Yinka's first album, IKA KO PE (evil never pays), was nominated for album of the year. The band has played The Jazz Festival 1999, Urban Music Festival 2000 in Ottawa, international concert in Ottawa 2000, Camp Jumoke concert 2001 - 2004, Caribana on Toronto island 2003, African Festival Toronto 2003, Nigerian Arts Entertainment and personality award 2004, Nigerian independence concert Chicago 2004, Nigerian Independence Oakland California 2004, Nigerian independence Atlanta Georgia 2004, Amansie Festival Canada 2002, Los angeles 2006 ,as well as a variety of clubs in Canada and the U.S.A.