Somebody Clap For Me

 

In Uganda, youth are re-inventing their ancestral tradition of storytelling into slam poetry nights to fight the silence imposed by an oppressive regime. Ugly Emcee, one of these freedom of speech activists, happens to be a grandson of former dictator Idi Amin Dada.

Poetry and hiphop in Uganda, meet poets that are practicing the craft, who hold weekly meetings to create provocative, bold and witty poets gradually brought together crowds of young Ugandans for these open mic events, tackling topics. There is also a branch of literary arts that is growing alongside hip-hop music. Multi-artist Xenson Ssenkaba is said to have mastered the art of Spoken Word and has been incorporating it in his music. He is also one of the few poets who write in Ugandan languages as opposed to English.