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Explorations in Sights and Sounds
Mazisi Kunene is admirably qualified to transmit both the traditional and his original Zulu poetry to an anglophone audience. He is a scholar and a performer of Zulu oral folk poetry. As leader for his own people, for ten years Chief Representative for the African National Congress in Europe and in the United States, he can interpret the heroic epics of ancestral worth. He has translated into English the great epic poem of the Zulu hero Shaka. Long an exile from South Africa, Kunene was a founder member of the Anti-Apartheid Movement in Britain. He has been Lecturer of African Literature at Roma in Lesotho, at Stanford and the University of California, and most recently at Nairobi. Thus he can reach audiences with his translations even though the originals in Zulu are banned in his homeland.
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