DLP YALI-MANISI, iimbali Zamanyange: historical poems

: [Opland (J.) & Maseko (P.) eds.& trans.]

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289pp., paperback, Publications of the Opland Collection of Xhosa Literature, Volume 2, Pietermaritzburg, 2015


David Livingstone Phakamile Yali-Manisi (1926-1999) was a Thembu 'imbongi', or praise poet. This volume presents eight of his narrative poems in isiXhosa and in English translation.

Jeff Opland is the author of "Xhosa Oral Poetry" (1983) and "Xhosa Poets and Poetry" (1998). He has also edited and translated Xhosa works by Nontsizi Mgqwetho and S.E.K.Mqhayi. An account of his long association with Yali-Manisi, "The Dassie and the Hunter", was published in 2005.
Pamela Maseko teaches Sociolinguistics and Applied Language Studies, with a focus on Translation Studies, at Rhodes University. She has translated and adapted various literary fictional and non-fictional texts into isiXhosa.