Thursday, September 21, 2006


South Africa’s poet laureate Mazisi Kunene dies

His works recorded history of Zulu nation

HANNESBURG, South Africa - Mazisi Kunene, the first poet laureate of a democratic South Africa whose works recorded the history of the Zulu nation, has died at age 76.
Kunene also played a leading role in the anti-apartheid movement while in exile. It was during his time outside South Africa that he published poems such as “Emperor Shaka the Great”, “Anthem of the Decades” and two anthologies, “The Ancestors and the Sacred Mountain” and “Zulu Poems.”

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