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First published in 1984, AFRIKA MY MUSIC is Mphahlele’s second autobiography, following internationally renowned DOWN SECOND AVENUE – his first autobiography, which vividly chronicled his early life in Apartheid South Africa.
AFRIKA MY MUSIC charts the period 1957 – 1983, which saw Mphahlele go into exile, teaching and directing arts programmes around the continent. In this accessible book, he traces the journey that found him in the midst of the Afrikan literary renaissance and the Afrikan unity movement of the 1950’s and 60’s. From encounters with intellectuals including President Kwame Nkrumah, Frantz Fanon and WEB du Bois, to his fellowship with writing contemporaries, among them Wole Soyinka, Gabriel Okara, Kofi Awoonor. Along the way we are also introduced to dear friends, including Gerard Sekoto, Breyten Breytenbach, Leopold Senghor and Langston Hughes.
Tales of the Mphahlele ‘caravan’s’ itinerant lifestyle reveal a spousal partnership with wife Rebecca, very much ahead of the times. Throughout, we feel Mphahlele’s pain as he struggles with the condition of exile; his longing for the kinship he left behind in South Africa, until finally he finds his way back – ‘back to base’.
AFRIKA MY MUSIC is an engrossing memoir about the life of “A writer who routinely saw beyond the confines to which apartheid might have condemned him.” (Wall Street Journal, 2008). Mphahlele’s first-hand accounts and insights of an exciting period in Afrika’s history; with the beginnings of the Afrikan unity movement and the start of decolonization, make this a must read.