New Act: Dash Johnte

Tell us about yourself

My real name is John Mwangi Kinyanjui, I was born in Nairobi some years ago and I’m a musician involved in inspirational hip-hop songs. Music is my first love although I’m a huge fan of football and I enjoy literature in my free time. I’m a social person and I like to communicate with people. Getting to know new interesting individuals because I believe that friendship is one of the most valuable things in human life. I also love my time at Dandora Hiphop City.

How did you get your start in the industry?

My mother died when I was 16 years old and this has propelled me take my music more seriously. I started doing music when I was 9 years old in 2007 during the election period. I wrote my first song known as ‘WAKATI’ wherein I was asking God to stop the Post-Election Violence. I remember my mother having a hard time just getting outside of the house because of the crisis. I only really began singing after the PEV had ended but loved to listen to Eminem’s music and dreamt of one day becoming a rapper. After meeting a few friends along the way I got the confidence to start writing lyrics.

What would you say is the message of your music?

Since I make inspirational hip-hop music it mostly deals with that but also educating the public is a priority in my songs.

What inspires you?

The rapper Eminem is my biggest inspiration. Lyrically his flow is unmatched and I feel that his story is also very inspiring to an upcoming artiste.

What are you working on currently?

For now my vision is on a new album. This will also serve as my debut so I’m in the process of composing new music. The content deals mostly with my life and the journey that I’ve been through.

Are there any artistes, both established and new, that you would love to work with?

Yes of course. In the long run I would love to work with my biggest inspiration, Eminem.

Do you ever listen to your own music on your playlists?

Yes I do listen to music but mostly to edit. I listen with an aim of changing what doesn’t work and adding new ideas to the music.

Which event/stage would you just love to perform at?

I would love the opportunity to be on Coke Studio because I once participated in the show and I really enjoyed the experience so that is what I have my eyes set on.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

I would love to be a well-known artiste, all over the world.



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