Zulu Popular Praises
In Musho! Zulu Popular Praises Elizabeth Gunner, an authority on Zulu literature at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, and Mafika Gwala, a South African teacher and poet, have translated, transcribed, and annotated a wide variety of Zulu izibongo poetry. In so doing, they have revealed the incredible breadth of this traditional genre, which is usually equated with nineteenth-century epic traditions that celebrate the deeds of Shaka and the successor kings of his Zulu monarchy.
Musho!, with its extensive historical introduction, and literary commentary on Zulu poetry, is a major contribution to the field.
Publication Date: September 30th, 1991
237 pages| 6 in x 9 in
Liz Gunner has written widely on African orature and literature. She is professor of English studies at the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg.
Mafika Gwala is a South African writer and editor.