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Podcast with Virtuoso African Storyteller Mbulelo Mzamane

Mbulelo MzamaneMbulelo Vizikhungo Mzamane is at heart a storyteller: he has the ability to plunge straight into the belly of a narrative and bring forth its gentle resonances. It so happens that Mbulelo is also one of the finest literary historians of our time, and even though he often warns against what he calls the “abuse of theory” he clearly knows his way around this increasingly arcane terrain.

Join me on The Victor Dlamini Literary Podcast as Mbulelo shares some of his most riveting messages regarding the “state of the arts and society” – for his interests spill over from literary history to the wider contemporary issues that contain it. He has made his mark in fiction, theory, academic writing, teaching and literary activism, and is well-known, among other things, for being one of the brave souls who dared challenge the literary “canon” in the mid-seventies and insist on a new study called African Literature. He delivers unforgettable speeches at conferences, insisting on the primacy of storytelling even within the context of the most advanced literary considerations.
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Podcast: Pumla Dineo Gqola on “Rainbowism”

DifferencePumla Dineo GqolaThe writer, academic and feminist Pumla Dineo Gqola has taken up a spirited analysis of the many images that South Africans like to hold up as mirrors to their society. At a time when some still favour political correctness, Pumla’s voice has risen above the hush-hush of the polite talk to insist on bursting open the reservoir of myths created to sustain SA’s new society. Pumla’s writings have appeared in both academic and popular as well as creative anthologies, and her voice has become one of the most important additions to post-colonial discourse. Her academic articles on feminism and African and Caribbean literature, in particular, have caught the attention of many critical readers.

Through her various writings, Pumla has been prepared to pose awkward questions, forcing us to look past the facades that are often mistaken for the real thing when the nature of South African society – particularly its complex social relations – is discussed. For instance, she has written extensively on how South African role models like Archbishop Desmond Tutu have provided some of the language markers that have allowed South Africans to negotiate their way – mentally, morally – out of the Apartheid morass.

Join me on this fascinating episode of The Victor Dlamini Literary Podcast as I chat to Pumla about her views on political expediency, and how it is often expressed through popularised concepts that resonate uncritically within society and the media.

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Podcast: Saths Cooper on Steve Biko, the History of South Africa and the Psychology of Race

2007 marks the 30th anniversary of Steve Biko‘s death. In tribute, The Victor Dlamini Literary Podcast presents episodes that explore, explicitly or implicitly, the effect this African philosopher has had on South Africa.

Saths CooperDr. Saths Cooper is widely seen as a fearless and eloquent campaigner for human rights, known for speaking his mind. He was one of the founders of the Black Consciousness Movement – an organization that is credited with inspiring the 1976 student uprisings across many of South Africa’s townships. The positive image of Black People that was promoted by Saths and the other leaders of the Movement struck a deep chord with the youth, but it terrified the Apartheid authorities, and they reacted with their usual ruthlessness.

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Podcast: Kopano Ratele on Masculinity, Identity and Society

2007 marks the 30th anniversary of Steve Biko‘s death. In tribute, The Victor Dlamini Literary Podcast presents episodes that explore, explicitly or implicitly, the effect this African philosopher has had on South Africa.

Intergroup RelationsKopano RateleMy recent conversation with Kopano Ratele was held in the light of celebrating Biko’s life – in the sense of pursuing, without fear or favour, the ideas one likes. Ratele has combined his love of ideas, art, people and his understanding of society to fashion one of the most fascinating academic careers in Africa. In an age when human motivation and behaviour are seen to increasingly provide the key to solving the larger issues of peace, security and tolerance, Kopano’s insistence on probing the human psyche within its social and cultural context provides a powerful tool for understanding ourselves.

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