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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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Review: Josiah De Disciple’s Latest Album ‘Spirits of Makoela, Vol 2: The Reintroduction’ Effortlessly Blends Amapiano With Jazz and Soul

Producer extraordinaire Josiah De Disciple reintroduces himself on his flawless sophomore album 'Spirits of Makoela, Vol 2: The Reintroduction'.

Throughout his tenure as one half of the JazziDisciples duo, alongside Mr JazziQ, Josiah De Disciple steered clear of the spotlight. Mr JazziQ's mainstream recognition after their split didn't help his cause either. Even though his name, and position, are solidified within the amapiano lexicon, Josiah De Disciple hopes to use his second solo effort to reintroduce himself to the masses, as the title suggests.

On the subject of reintroduction and pushing his image to the fore, the album's cover art features a portrait of Josiah with his thumb and index finger carefully balanced on his chin. It's a stylistic shift from the illustrations presented in his last two projects Spirits of Makoela (2020) and Umbuso Waba'mnyama (2020).

Just like its predecessor, Spirits of Makoela, Vol 2: The Reintroduction showcases the producer's broad musicality, and slightly deviates from the club-centric bangers that so often congest the genre.

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