Indeed he is slender and slightly tall; so he can easily be taken too lightly and underestimated when seen on stage, but not before one hears a presentation from him.
Born 8th March 1990 at Mulago Hospital in Uganda, Herman Kabubi , the talented poet is the fourth and last born. With now fifteen years in his career, poems convey a message of heroism and awareness to especially African. Poetry is everything to him and as he performs, one can see that he holds the audience’s attention. In an interview with Ugamuziki’s Andrew Israel Kazibwe, the poet shares his experience;
Qn: Why does it have to be the name Slim Emcee?
I chose the name because in reality and slim in size, so I accept who I am which I believe that whatever you are, you should love and accept and appreciate who you are.
Qn: What inspired you into poetry?
It started way back in school and at home; at home we used to compete in singing, acting and reciting rhymes. Our parents could award the best with more pocket money for school, which I believe built a spark for my talent.
Qn: What is poetry to you?
Its an art of communication. See I recite to the people, giving them a chance to define it their own way because everyone perceives poem differently. To me I prefer listeners to best define it.
Qn: How has poetry been since your first performance?
Deep down in the villages, people still have that mentality and biasness about it, like before when poets could leave in solitude. But it all is changing, poets are featured in performance on big stages today, people now appreciate poetry and show it. In Uganda we perform at the National theatre, monthly at the Uganda Museum, at several spoken word events usually in Kamwokya and at various platforms.
Qn: What does your poetry entail?
Am a Pan-African so I highlight issues that people are going through, right from deep down in my native village where I come from and among society and Africa in general so that people can get it.
I’ve so far been to Uganda, Kenya, Congo, Tanzania and of recent Rwanda. It’s been a good experience. Connecting with an audience through the art. For a poet who does revolutionary pieces, you never know how my audience will perceive the message but it’s been good so far.
Qn: What is your advice to aspiring poets?
Whether one is doing poetry, dance, acting or any other form of art, first he or she has to develop love for it, bring it out with confidence and expose it to the public.