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A scene from the opera, uZiyankomo

Zulu History Inspiring the Classics!

One wouldn’t normally associate classical music with the history of the Zulu monarchy, but the Zulu royal families (like any kingdom anywhere in the world), are full of dramatic tales that make for the perfect inspiration for a classical composer. Or at least that’s what Durban-based, Warren Bessey, seems to think! Bessey has taken the […]

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Shaka Rising!

Given the mythical status of King Shaka it’s surprising that before now no one has thought to tell the tale of this (in)famous ruler in the form of a comic book! Shaka Rising: A Legend of the Warrior Prince is the first book in the African Graphic Novel Series by Durban-born artist, Luke Molver. It tells the story […]

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She is King

She is King!

With John Trengove’s debut feature film Inxeba (The Wound) being shortlisted for the 2017 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, the focus is currently on South African filmmaking. But while South Africa may not yet have reached the heights of Nigeria or India when it comes to the big screen, that doesn’t mean that we don’t […]

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Portrait of amaZulu wearing traditional attire, circa 1876

Origin of the Name, Zulu

If you look up the word ‘Zulu’ in the dictionary, it can refer to a variety of things: it can be a reference to the Zulu people (amaZulu); to the language spoken by the Zulus (isiZulu); or, completely arbitrarily, it can refer to the letter ‘Z’, as used in the international phonetic alphabet (i.e. Whiskey, X-ray, Yankee, Zulu)! More […]

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The Mfecane Wars

In Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, The Long Walk to Freedom, the former South African president talks about the AmaMfengu, people that was formed from groupings that were broken up and dispersed by King Shaka and his armies during the Mfecane wars. The name ‘Mfengu‘ translates to ‘wanderers’ and is a reference to how the AmaMfengu came to be; although today the group have largely […]

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