Paul Forjoe Jnr, known also as 100%, talks to us about life as a Spoken Word Artist.
Who is Paul Forjoe Jnr?
Paul is a student of creativity on a journey of mastering the art of performance, music and spoken word.
Who introduced you to spoken word/when did the passion for this begin?
I got introduced to spoken word in University in South Africa after I went for a poetry session.
Their poetry was so different that it caused me to change my style. I have been writing poetry since JSS3. In SSS, I write and let people rate my pieces out of 10. It was only in University that I started performing and loving stagecraft.
How many years have you been at this professionally?
About four years
What are the issues/topics you address in your pieces?
Anything that tickles my mind. I deal with a number of issues such as abuse, societal problems, love, life , religion and sometimes I just want to rhyme , make people laugh and feel good.
Do you have any spoken word pieces out?
If you are referring to publishing an audio, I have not released officially. However, I do have a lot of pieces (20 and above) that many have seen me perform.
Which events have you performed at?
Ehalakasa, Ehalakasa Slam , Poetry Night with the Rainmakers , Alewa , Moonlight Café , Live at the Terrace etc . Aside that in 2012, I had an Unplugged Session hosted by 233Live. In 2013, I organized 4 solo shows and was hosted by Heel the World at Christmas at Marvels Mini Golf Dzorwulu for a show.
Do you think Spoken word has a following in Ghana?
It has, though not as strong as dancehall, hip life or gospel music.
Which Ghanaian or international spoken word artiste inspire you?
Tumi, it was after I heard Tumi’s (South African rapper and spoken word artiste) piece Yvonne that got me psyched on my mission to become a spoken word artist. That was my inspiration.
What do you do aside spoken word?
I love to DJ and rap. I also host a show on VOM107.5 FM called Brunch account which runs from Monday to Friday at 12-1pm.
Getting a band and some gadgets to make better performances, hopefully shoot a couple of videos before the year ends.
By: Gameli Hamelo/enewsgh.com