ISBN 9781779314956 
Pages 60
Dimensions 216 x 140mm
Published 2023
Publisher Mwanaka Media and Publishing, Zimbabwe
Format Paperback

Ghetto Blues


by Tendai Rinos Mwanaka

Even though Zimbabwe’s ghetto musicians have been vocal in articulating the ghetto struggles through Zimdancehall music, Ghetto literature in the 21st century in Zimbabwe is an area that has scarcely got strong attention from Zimbabwean poets and writers writing now. Yes, we have tackled ghetto subjectivities and difficulties through tackling Zimbabwe’s political situation, which I still do in this collection, but I also went further and tackled ghetto as “place literature”, developing voices for the masses in ghettos, especially in Zimbabwe’s biggest ghetto city, Chitungwiza.  The ghetto is a place that changes you in ways that only blues music can manage to encapsulate and like Blues music this collection is both bitter and sweet. A few poems in Ghetto Blues give insight into what shaped the poet, in poems about his birthplace in the east of Zimbabwe, on love, on religion, on race, on migration and xenophobia in South Africa.

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About the Author

Tendai Rinos Mwanaka

Tendai. R. Mwanaka is a multi-disciplinary artist from Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe. His oeuvre of works touches on non-fictions, essays, poetry, plays, fictions, music, sound art, photography, drawings, paintings, video, collage, mixed media, inter-genres and inter-disciplines. His work has been published in over 300 journals, anthologies and magazines in over 27 countries.