John Alex Mugwimi Njagi, better known as Hanta The Samurai, is a Kenyan born and bred rapper, singer, poet, songwriter, recording and performing artist hailing from Embu and based in Nairobi, Kenya. The name Hanta is acquired from the English translation of his name Mugwimi which means ‘the hunter’. He refers to himself as ‘the samurai’ symbolically to mean, ‘the warrior’, where Samurai is a borrowed Japanese name of the ancient Japanese warriors and military men who never believed in giving up.
When his parents’ marriage hit a rock while he was a young boy, Hanta and his siblings grew up facing a lot of difficulties and hardships since his father who was the sole bread winner remarried and paid little attention to his first family. The experience that he went through growing up struggling to be someone in the society, is the motivation behind his undying spirit in striving to do best what he does on the stage with the mic, in the studio and in his daily hustles.
His music journey started way back in 2007 while still in high school, where he used to have a book containing lyrics from his favorite local and international musicians. That book later on landed him in trouble with the teachers after it was found with his classmates. He was suspended for a couple of days and on return punished heavily in presence of his mom. After that occurrence, he quit writing other musicians’ songs and dedicated his full time into studies. In his free time he would write short poems and rap lyrics that he would rap to his friends during break time.
After clearing high school, together with his longtime friend and fellow rapper Samson, formed a duo-group by the name ‘Hanta and Sam’ aka ‘Virgo Kidnappers’ where they Occasionally performed their raw songs using hip-hop beats in youthful events like talent shows and back-to-school festivals. Despite having unrecorded songs the response they used to receive was so much encouraging. It wasn’t for long before the group split due to unavoidable circumstances. Hanta moved to Nairobi in search for greener pastures, where he later rekindled his music career as a solo act. Living in Nairobi without a stable, well paying job was the biggest challenge for the artist due to lack of enough capital, sometimes having to save up the little he could get for months so as to afford a recording session.
According to Hanta, music is life and a beautiful story has never been well told and he just want to share it with the world. Keep your ears open and ready.