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Yaffa, Sami

SAMI YAFFA BIO 2016

Sami Yaffa is a bass guitarist and multi instrumentalist. He began his career in Finland in 1980 with the now legendary punk group PELLE MILJOONA OY and appeared on their hit album “MOOTTORITIE ON KUUMA”.

In the fall of 1980, Sami became an original member of the highly influential band HANOI ROCKS. He was with them until their demise in 1985. Hanoi Rocks recorded several albums and toured the world until the untimely death of their drummer, Razzle.

In 1987 Sami moved to the USA to join the MCA recording artist JETBOY and recorded two albums with them. In 1990 Sami packed his bags and moved to NYC and started two bands with his old band mate MICHAEL MONROE of Hanoi Rocks. The bands were JERUSALEM SLIM from 1990-92 and DEMOLITION 23 from 1992-95.

In 1995 Sami relocated to Spain to form MAD JUANA with his then wife Karmen Guy. The band uses elements of Balkan, Mexican, DUB, Rock and Punk in their music. MAD JUANA continues to this day. In 2001 Sami briefly joined NYC hardcore legends MURHYS LAW. In 2002 Sami started 2 years of touring and recording with the R’n’R Hall Of Fame artist JOAN JETT&THE BLACKHEARTS.

In 2004 Sami started playing with the legendary NEW YORK DOLLS. For the next 6 years, Sami toured and recorded 3 albums with the band. In 2010 Sami reconnected with his old friend MICHAEL MONROE. Their collaboration produced 3 critically acclaimed, award-winning albums. The band continues to record and tour the world to this day.

In 2012 Finnish director OTSO TIAINEN had the idea of a television show about the music of the world. Simultaneously, Sami was filming an episode in Finland for the ANTHONY BOURDAIN: NO RESERVATIONS television show. Sami was wondering why no one had ever made a program about the world’s musical treasures and cultures.

In 2014 SAMI YAFFA: SOUNDTRACKER aired its first episode in Finland on the national YLE TEEMA channel. The show went on to win the local EMMY (KULTAINEN VENLA) for best TV Show in the music category. The program’s following season in 2015 went on to repeat the feat, winning the EMMY for Best Factual Television Content.

Sami is releasing his autobiography in the summer of 2016 and is working on various film score projects, in addition to a new MAD JUANA album. He is also touring the European festival circuit with MICHAEL MONROE.

Sami has recorded with a wide variety of artists during his 36 years as a professional musician, including:

HANOI ROCKS
NEW YORK DOLLS
JOAN JETT&THE BLACKHEARTS
SLASH
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
MICHAEL MONROE
JESSE MALIN
KNOX
(The Vibrators)
HONEST JOHN PLAIN (The Boys)
PELLE MILJOONA OY
JETBOY
JERUSALEM SLIM
DEMOLITION 23.
MAD JUANA
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