HomeLife & StyleLion Press republishes Nyathi’s anthology

Lion Press republishes Nyathi’s anthology


Echoes from Zimbabwe, an anthology written by Albert Nyathi, one of Zimbabwe’s finest musicians and most accomplished dub poets, has been re-worked by UK-based publisher Lion Press, after the anthology was first published by Zimbabwe Publishing House (ZPH) in 2008 but had to be kept in the warehouse because it had numerous mistakes.

The new version of Echoes from Zimbabwe, wrapped in a colourful hard cover, carries the same poems as those in the initial ZPH version.

These include My Daughter, Welcome to Zimbabwe, Thandi, and Senzeni na? which is a title of a popular song on Nyathi’s 1994 debut album called For How Long?

The anthology has a section of photos taken while Nyathi performed in different countries such as Denmark and England and while he posed with different high-profile artists including South African poet Mzwakhe Mbuli.

“We collectively agreed to transfer the job from ZPH to Lion Press Ltd.

The first version was hurried because I wanted to take the book with me on my European tour,” revealed Nyathi.

Lion Press hopes to officially launch the book in Harare in a few months’ time.

For Nyathi, this will signal the end of a long journey and the beginning of a new one, as the anthology will cater for people who would like to read his poems as opposed to watching him performing them.

Nyathi was born in Kafusi in Gwanda, Matabeleland North.

He has travelled worldwide with his band Imbongi.

So far he has done four musical CDs namely For How Long? (1994), Ngenkani (1998), Welcome to Zimbabwe – a Land of Contradictions (2000), and Nozindaba, also known as My Daughter (2004).

In 2005 Nyathi produced a DVD called The World as We Dance Along, a collection of his live performances.

The anthology will soon be available on Amazon.com.

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