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Tsitsi Dangarembga's Book 'This Mournable Body' is Finally Here

It's been a great summer for Zimbabwean literature and Dangarembga just added to the list.

In the aftermath of having a president no one wanted, Tsitsi Dangarembga's new novel This Mournable Body is adding something new and exciting to talk about for Zimbabweans.

While Zimbabwean politics remained male dominated and unsurprising in this last election season, Zimbabwean women writers were at their peak as their books delved deeper into politics and social life. This has been the summer for Zimbabwean literature with books like Panashe Chigumadzi's These Bones Will Rise Again and Novuyo Tsuma's House of Stone that came out in June.

Following these two writers, Dangarembga's third book This Mournable Body just dropped today and it continues the life of the protagonist Tambu from Dangarembga's epic novel Nervous Conditions. Dangarembga was the first black Zimbabwean woman to publish a novel in english, giving us one of the most epic first lines in literary history, "I was not sorry when my brother died."

We will finally get to read the final book in the trilogy that follows The Book of Not. The new novel explores Tambu's life as an adult as she finds herself leaving her job in an advertising agency and living in a youth hostel in Harare. She eventually finds a job as an ecotourist that will force her to return home and confront her rural background.

It's been twenty-nine years since Nervous Conditions, but the long wait is over and you can finally see the story come full circle.

Buy your copy of the novel here.



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Sarkodie Is Not Feeling Any Pressure

The elite Ghanaian rapper affirms his king status with this seventh studio album, No Pressure.

Sarkodie is one of the most successful African rappers of all time. With over ten years of industry presence under his belt, there's no question about his prowess or skin in the game. Not only is he a pioneer of African hip-hop, he's also the most decorated African rapper, having received over 100 awards from close to 200 nominations over the span of his career.

What else does Sarkodie have to prove? For someone who has reached and stayed at the pinnacle of hip-hop for more than a decade, he's done it all. But despite that, he's still embracing new growth. One can tell just by listening to his latest album, No Pressure, Sarkodie's seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2019's Black Love which brought us some of the Ghanaian star's best music so far. King Sark may be as big as it gets, but the scope of his music is still evolving.

Sonically, No Pressure is predominantly hip-hop, with the first ten tracks offering different blends of rap topped off with a handful of afrobeats and, finally, being crowned at the end with a gospel hip-hop cut featuring Ghanaian singer MOG. As far as the features go, Sark is known for collaborating mostly with his African peers but this time around he branches out further to feature a number of guests from around the world. Wale, Vic Mensa, and Giggs, the crème de la crème of rap in America and the UK respectively all make appearances, as well as Nigeria's Oxlade, South Africa's Cassper Nyovest, and his fellow Ghanaian artists Darkovibes and Kwesi Arthur.

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