MEDIA RELEASE

2 August 2022
 
Launch of Imbiza Journal for African Writing with Zakes Mda
 
The Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study (JIAS) invites you to the launch of the fourth issue of Imbiza Journal for African Writing. The launch will include a conversation with Prof. Zakes Mda as the special guest who is the cover star of the latest edition of Imbiza.  
 
The fourth issue of Imbiza celebrates the works of prominent artists in the literary landscape who are juxtaposed with emerging voices. The youngest contributor in this edition, Lutho Nongogo Mtila, who is twelve years old, appears alongside seasoned campaigners like Lebo Mashile, Mandla Langa, Sindiwe Magona and Zakes Mda. This issue is as much about celebrating each other’s artistic pursuits as it is about critically engaging with each other’s works. 
 
Young scholar and lecturer, Sanele Ntshingana, pays homage to Xhosa poet, S.E.K. Mqhayi, while simultaneously lamenting the destruction of his archive; internationally acclaimed pianist and musicology scholar, Nduduzo Makhathini reflects on his journey with the late saxophone maestro, Zim Ngqawana; while prominent cultural commentator Sam Mathe explores the healing power of Simphiwe Dana’s music. This is just a glimpse into the variety of articles that make this edition of Imbiza such a delightful read. 
 
The details of the launch are as follows: 
 
Date: Thursday, 4 August 2022
Time: 18:00 for 18:30
Venue: Sun International Auditorium, Kerzner Building, Bunting Road Campus, Auckland Park.