Hibo Elmi (UG)

About Hibo Elmi

A walking, breathing example of the diversity of Kampala’s arts and culture scene, Hibo Elmi is, amongst other things, a DJ, filmmaker, fashion designer, installation artist, rapper and producer. Calling herself a cultural nomad, her one rule is that rules are there for beeing broken. A philosophy that extends to her DJ sets where, trap, hip-hop, house and genres such as Kenya’s Taraab or Morocco’s Gnawa, collide in a vibrant contemporary collage. Having already been featured under her artist name Hibotep on Boiler Room and NTS’ coverage of the ever influential Nyege Nyege Tapes festival, she was personally invited by Holly Herndon to Berlin’s Forecast Festival, where she performed under her poetic alias "Ninjabi".

The world of Hibotep cannot be summed up in a few words. She herself shuns definitions and boxes wherever she finds them. Yesterday she was a fashion designer dressing up the cool kids of Kampala. Today she is shooting music videos for experimental Senegalese artists. Then she is performing dark trap on boiler room stage at Nyege Nyege and now she is working on a psychosonic installation with the world famous producer Holly Herndon. Everything is and remains in flux, and Hibotep was, is and shall forever attempt to embody that flux in her art, in raising a family and in life.

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