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      Sankomota: An Ode in One Album

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      Sankomota: An Ode in One Album – A Reflective Essay is the result of many years of research and obsession about the music and band of Sankomota. The book is a slim offering that offers insights into the first album ever recorded in Lesotho, Sankomota by the band Sankomota. Recorded in 1983, this album became an instant classic. Mofokeng’s essay touches on mythology, performance, language and politics of this important band that was at the frontier of anti-apartheid and freedom music. In this essay Mofokeng attempts to paint a broad image of the musical landscape of the time and unveil the musical obsessions of Sankomota. This book is not definitive, but it is a worthwhile addition to the body of literature and to an ethno-musical understanding of SA’s musical history.

      “I think it is impossible to write a complete book on a titanic band such as Sankomota. ‘An Ode in One Album’ is important, but it is still only introductory. I hope it will open the gates to a broader discussion and deeper understanding of our history, but from a musical point of view,” said Mofokeng.

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      A Tale of Ash: Poems

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      R150.00 R100.00

      A Tale of Ash: Poems is an impressive collection from one of Nigeria’s fine young scribes. Lucius Ndimele is unassumingly brilliant in his prose. This collection represents the lyricism of West African scribes and their collective genius of the ages. Ndimele’s language is floral yet not overwhelming. His poetry is beautiful, yet not soppy. He writes about love, relationships, death and life.

      “Your home is yesterday, you can
      Only exhume what it looked like,
      Memorials fertilize your songs, every
      Dawn is laced with mines, every
      Young hour knows the intimacy
      Of a lime.”

      Ndimele is clearly a sharp mind and his literary prowess is certain. It comes as n surprise that Ndimele comes from the literature paradise of Nigeria. Ndimele’s poetry is reminiscent of Okigbo – in fact in many instances, he conjures up the titan of poetry in his work.

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      Born for Greatness: Biography of Frank Leepa

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      This heart-rending biography of one of Africa’s legends of contemporary music, is a well-written and fluid account of the life and times of Frank Leepa, the founder, leader and composer of Sankomota. Mpho A. Leepa – Frank Leepa’s younger sister – gives an almost-complete account of her brother’s fulfilled, yet turbulent time in Lesotho, South Africa and Europe. Frank Leepa died on November 27, 2003 after a short illness. Mpho takes us on a journey of this genius – from childhood, to political turmoil of Lesotho, to missing a chance to gig in America for 6-months to their success in South Africa and in Europe. Leepa also outlines her brother’s footsteps with his bands – from Anti-Antiques, to Uhuru and finally Sankomota. This book is an important addition to the understanding of the history of Lesotho and South Africa through music. It is beautifully written and it is a reflection of raw emotions that have been banked by Leepa’s family.

      The legacy of the founder of Sankomota – a very popular African music band – is now available as a book. Written by Frank Leepa’s sister, Mpho A Leepa, Born for Greatness: Biography of Frank Leepa covers the important parts of Frank Leepa’s life – from the killing of his father by the a rented SADF military gunship, to his uphill battle in music and starting his band about three times to his love life and the finality of his death. This book qualifies as an almost-complete account of Frank Leepa’s short life.

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      Sunnyside Nightwalk: Poems

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      R150.00

      d’Abdon seems to be that increasingly rare poet who engages fully with his world and also with himself. He seems eager to have transformative conversation with the reader, and wants dialogue, the back and forth. The poet bleeds then takes off his shirt and shows you the scars. I can’t stress how much I love this collection, this book takes you everywhere: it was such an incredible journey! As a writer, a South African, a mother, a lover, a woman, my heart was full: I felt sung to, made love to, hushed, aroused, empowered, called to act… all of it.

      • Kagiso wa Molope, writer, author of The Mending Season

      Raphael d’Abdon’s poetry debut in English reminds one why language is an international, carnal affair. d’Abdon licks English grammar and vocabulary with his Italian tongue, teasing out poems of surprise and joy. His words are like an enthusiastic lover – a brave, daring anglophiliac. It is when d’Abdon explores the delicious depths of love, relationship, sex and the senses that this reader is left most satisfied.

      • Tania Haberland (aka van Schalkwyk), poet, winner of the 2010 Ingrid Jonker Prize.
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      Walking the Road of Death: Short Stories

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      R150.00

      Prof Merle Williams says this about Walking the Road of Death

      “Peter Horn is not only a distinguished scholar and poet, but also an accomplished short story writer who understands the complexities of a demanding genre. He approaches his creative work with skill and insight, moulding his material into a variety of forms. Some of his pieces have clearly been shaped by an intensity of sharply focused passion. Other stories rely on the effects of a teasing, wry humour. Still other narratives become incandescent as he uncovers corrupt political motives or distortions of justice. Then again, his short fiction may be sceptical and mildly outrageous, playing knowingly with the reader’s preconceptions or potentially lazy expectations.

      Many of the stories in Walking the road of death bear testimony to a strong philosophical bent that enjoys challenging the status quo; logic is made to tremble, yet is replaced with an ampler and more flexible mode of reasoning. There are, unsurprisingly, shades of Kafka and of Walter Benjamin in Peter’s stories. The alert critic is rewarded with dismantlings of Saussure in the interest of a phenomenological apprehension of the flesh of things or passing glimpses of William Faulkner’s intuition of the limitations of language.

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      Dreams of Flight: Poems

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      Myesha Jenkins integrates life experience into concise, witty poetry that provokes and inspires. Visible in the Johannesburg poetry scene for the last ten years, she launched her second collection, Dreams of Flight at the UKZN’s International Festival in 2011. Her work has been featured in We Are (ed. Natalia Molebatsi, Penguin 2009), Isis X (Botsotso Publishing 2005), and Baobab Journal. She co-founded the all-female, Feela Sistah Spoken Word Collective and Jozi House of Poetry monthly sessions. She also contributed to the Arts for Humanity’s Children’s Rights Exhibit, collaborating with the visual artist, Louise Almond. (www.mbokodoawards.co.za)

      In Dreams of Flight (Geko publishing October 2011), Myesha Jenkins takes the reader on a journey of sensuality, memory and resilience. This is her second collection of poetry and reflects her keen storytelling ability and hard-hitting, concise writing style. Her language is simple, emotional and descriptive allowing the reader to easily engage with her words. Written over a six year period, this work reveals the growth and insights of a woman who is comfortable with herself but willing to explore and expand into new dimensions – Geko Publishing

      “You will find yourself in these poems,” says Jenkins, “I did.”

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      Hintsa’s Ghost: Collection of Poems

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      Hintsa’s Ghost – Collection of Poems is a provocative collection of poems written by the award-winning author of Dubstep (Jacana, 2016).

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      Sarcophagus: A Novel

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      Sarcophagus is a novella which follows the trials and tribulations of a poor family that experiences one tragedy after another. The story is narrated by a nameless, faceless narrator. Telling this story to a young boy who seems to be in a hurry to get somewhere and keeps asking the narrator to please finish. The setting is a village called Sekhing, a real village in the North West province. The family is comprised of five members: mom, dad and three children. The father is a migrant labourer and spends the majority of his time away from home. He dies fairly early in the story, and his older son steps up, against his mother’s objections, and becomes the breadwinner. Things go downhill very quickly from this point. The young breadwinner struggles to cope with his responsibilities, the mother suffers depression and the younger boy runs away from home. In the end the pain becomes too much and the mother kills herself and her youngest child. There is an interesting surprise in the ending. The narrator reveals the reason why he has chosen to tell him the story of that family, and it is a nice plot twist.

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      Emos Est Se H’aae: Poems

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      Song of the Town Crier: Poems

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      Sardo Dance: Poems

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      Sardo Dance is a new poetry anthology from Natalia Molebatsi. The launch takes place at the UNISA art gallery this Saturday. Natalia has perfomed on stages across Africa and the world, and the launch will feature performances from her, as well as special guests Lesego Rampolokeng and Napo Masheane, amongst others.

      While Molebatsi’s poetry is critical and often condemning of the poor status of women and the manner in which society treats them, she is also celebratory of women and envisions a future society… Catch the poet if you can: read her words, welcome her offering because maybe, just maybe, she is telling your own story.

      – Makhosazana Xaba

      Sardo Dance portrays the lives of women and men fully and justly. This is the voice of a poet who refuses to be shaped from 'a spare bone.' … By looking unflinchingly at “every unfading shadow,” the lines of these poems do not evade the pain of their subjects, but also do not reduce them only to their pain…

      – Gabeba Baderoon

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