First published in 1979 Emperor Shaka the Great details the exploits of King Shaka, and the considerable advances in state structure and military technology made during his reign. It is a book that has been much debated over the years, with the author, the late Professor Mazisi Kunene, often criticised for glamourising the life of King Shaka, who is often described as a tyrant in western history books.
The book, which takes the form of an epic poem based on the Zulu oral tradition, was first compiled by Kunene in Zulu, and then translated into English. Now, nearly thirty years later, the book has finally been published in its original isiZulu, with the launch of UNodomehlezi KaMenzi set to take place on the 18th March as part of the Centre of Creative Arts (CCA) Time of the Writer Festival.
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