Yogi bares hip hop soul

MC Yogi (aka Nicholas Giacomini) grew up in California, painting graffiti and listening to hip hop. Inspired by artists like the Beastie Boys and Run DMC, he began writing and performing his own raps. He spent most of his high school years at a group home for at-risk youth. Hip hop culture provided both a soundtrack to his life and a creative outlet during those turbulent teenage years.

Then at age 18 he discovered yoga.

On a whim, he joined his father for a yoga and meditation course with a famous spiritual teacher from India. MC Yogi devoted himself to learning everything he could about the ancient discipline.

By combining his knowledge of yoga with his love for hip hop, MC Yogi creates a sound that brings the wisdom of yoga to a whole new generation of seekers and groovers.

His first CD, Elephant Power, was embraced by both yogis and music lovers with its mythological gods and goddesses entwined with turntables, tablas, hip hop beats and breaks.

MC Yogi will play the Buddha Bar in Byron next Wednesday, November 18, from 8pm. $15 is all the karma it takes. He and his wife Amanda will also run a yoga class at the Byron Bay Yoga Centre on Friday, November 19, from 12-2pm. $15 at the door upstairs.


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