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Africa World Press & The Red Sea Press

THE SONGS OF SOWETO: Poems from a Post-Apartheid South Africa, by Nkosinathi Sibanda

$12.95

THE SONGS OF SOWETO: Poems from a Post-Apartheid South Africa, by Nkosinathi Sibanda

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The poems in this book capture the feelings and aspirations of the black people of South Africa following the transition from Apartheid to democratic governance. They reflect the great expectations and impatience of the people for fundamental political change in their country after the establishment of majority rule. In his poems, Sibanda explores the elusive emotions of Soweto after the tumultuous break with white rule and examines the hopes of black South Africans. For Sibanda, language binds society together and songs are a greater part of that language. The poems are at once political and social commentary interwoven through a tapestry of history and social realities.

 

The Songs of Soweto enters the South African dialog with eloquence and enough edge to fling the stubborn political masks of its participant aside. These poems reveal the faces of culture—some daunted by tenuous change—and they demand an answer.”

 

--James Philip Burger

Associate Director of Research

Digital Knowledge Ventures

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nkosinathi Sibanda, a South African author and lecturer, began his writing career as a freelance reporter for the campus newspaper, Wits Student, while attending the University of the Witewatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is co-author of a non-fiction book, Building Bridges: Confronting the Gap between Black Africans and African Americans, and the author of another volume of poems entitled, If God was a Poet.

 

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Poetry/Africa

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