361pp., paperback, Pietermaritzburg, 2017
Mazisi Kunene's original isiZulu manuscript of his epic poem on the life of King Shaka. It has been translated into English by the author as Emperor Shaka the Great.
Mazisi Kunene was born in the rural village of aMahlongwa in KwaZulu-Natal in 1930. He went into exile in the 1960s and managed the ANC office in London. Later he moved to the USA, where he was Professor in African Literature at Stanford University and in African Literature and Languages at the University of California, Los Angeles. On his return to South Africa, he was Professor in African Languages at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He died in 2006. He is the author of the epic, Inhlokomo Yeminyaka (Anthem of the Decades).