IZIBONGO ZOOGXA, poems on contemporaries (1902-1944), edited by Jeff Opland, translated by Jeff Opland and Ntombomzi Mazwi

: Mqhayi (S.)

R 280.00
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241pp., paperback, Publications of the Opland Collection of Xhosa Literature, Volume 10, Pietermaritzburg, 2024


Foreword by André Odendaal.

Samuel Edward Krune Mqhayi (1875-1945) was the most prominent South African "imbongi", or Xhosa oral poet, of his day.

Includes 39 poems in isiXhosa, accompanied by English translations.

Jeff Opland, now retired, taught in universities in South Africa, Canada, the USA, Germany and the UK. He is the author of Xhosa Oral Poetry (1983) and Xhosa Poets and Poetry (1998), and has edited and translated Xhosa works by William Wellington Gqoba, D.L.P Yali-Manisi and John Solilo.

Ntombomzi Mazwi is a senior lecturer in African Languages at Rhodes University and chairperson of the isiXhosa National Language Body and the Pan South African Language Board.