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Mbongiseni Buthelezi Reviews Sounds of a Cowhide Drum by Mbuyiseni Mtshali

Sounds of a Cowhide Drum /  Imisindo Yesighubu Sesikhumba SenkomoVerdict: stick

How do you revitalise a book that has become a classic 41 years after it was published? And how do you read poems that you’ve lived with for many years with a new eye? These are the questions raised by the republication of Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali’s Sounds of a Cowhide Drum (Jacana).
Let us begin by taking a step back into the past. Poems from the collection littered my path as a student of literature over many years.

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