Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Introducing Number8

Here's a small write up by Dann:

"My name is Dann Mwangi Njoroge.

I’m 23 years old and currently a finalist at Kenyatta University studying BA (Business studies and Economics). I began reciting poetry in high school (The Lenana School) in form 1 and represented the school in the national music festivals from form 1 through form 4. I was best in Nairobi in form 3 (2001). Despite this, I was not a fan of poetry; I actually thought it to be boring; I was rather indifferent about it.

I began to write my own poetry in 2006. Actually, my first poem is dated 12th July 2006. I am not the “academic” or classical poet who is bound to number of stanzas, lines per stanza, use of queen’s English or coastal Swahili, etc. I write as I would speak on the street. My style is heavily biased towards hiphop (I have actually been told that what I do is called “hip-poetry”).

Simply put, God is my inspiration. All I do is founded on Him. My poetry is based on what I see around me, what I know, what I think, feel, go through, what other people go through, etc as it is, brought into the open through words as inspired by God in His own time and way.

I go by the stage name Number8. This is because I appreciate the fact that it is humanly impossible to be perfect, (perfection being symbolized by the number 7), so I’m chasing after perfection like number 8. This is not to say that I’m greater than God (Perfection), but rather implying that IF ever I am to become perfect, I must decrease (John 3:30 “…I must decrease”).

I’m part of a ministry known as MISSION DRIVEN (blog.missiondrivenministry.org). We primarily are a gospel hiphop group who do our music with a live band as well as worship leaders, Bible study leaders and disciplers. This is my mother ministry meaning that Number8 is a presentation of Mission Driven. I rap alongside phenomenal rappers, amazing singers and seasoned instrumentalists who all inspire me and teach me a lot as we are one in faith plus most of them have been in the music scene longer than I have. We are primarily based in A.I.C Ngong Road.

I recite/perform my poetry/spoken word at Poets’ club at NuMetro at The Junction, P.C.E.A St. Andrews’ Eve of poetry, in campus, WAPI (once), during our performances as Mission Driven and any other opportunity I get, like I did a piece in the movie BENTA in which I co-starred.

I am currently compiling my po8ry into a book that I will launch on 8th August 2008 (08/08/08). It will be a spoken word concert coupled with a pre-album concert showcasing some of the songs in our (Mission Driven) sophomore album to be released in December this year."

1 comment:

The Wert said...

Well, Biblically, the Number 8 stands for new beginnings.