Kunene, Mazisi

About Mazisi Kunene

The Mazisi Kunene Foundation

Biography (Poetry Foundation)

Biography (Encyclopediæ Britannica)

Biography (South African History Online)

Obituary (The New York Times)



Portia Phalafala, Uhuru. “Of Worlds Black and Red: South Africa's Poet Laureates and Their World-Making Networks.” Research in African Literatures, vol. 50, no. 3, 2019

Vigne, Randolph and James Currey. “The New African 1962–1969: South Africa in Particular and Africa in General.” English in Africa, vol. 41, vol. 1, 2014

Deme, Mariam K. “The Supernatural in African Epic Traditions as a Reflection of the Religious Beliefs of African Societies.” Studies in World Christianity, vol. 16, no. 1, 2010

Brink, André, Zoë Wicomb,  and Mazisi Kunene. "South African Writers and the Problem of Languages." Commonwealth Essays and Studies, vol. 16, no. 1, 1993

Sitas, Ari. “Traditions of Poetry in Natal.” Journal of Southern African Studies, vol. 16, no. 2, 1990

Malaba, Mbongeni Z. “Super-Shaka: Mazisi Kunene's Emperor Shaka the Great.Research in African Literatures, vol. 19, no. 4, 1988



Poetry Collections

Echoes from the Mountain: New and Selected Poems, 2007

The Ancestors and the Sacred Mountain (1982)

Anthem for the Decades: A Zulu Epic (1981)

Emperor Shaka the Great (1979)

Zulu Poems (1970)


Essays/Articles/Non-Fiction/Short Stories

“Some Aspects of South African Literature” World Literature Today, vol. 70, no. 1, 1996

“Problems in African Literature.” Research in African Literatures, vol. 23, no. 1, 1992

“Shaka the Great: Warrior-King and Founder of the Zulu Nation.” Journal of African Civilisation, vol. 9, 1987

“The Relevance of African Cosmological Systems to African Literature Today” African Literature Today, vol. 11, 1980

“Book Review: Sources of the First Black South African Novel in English: Solomon Plaatje's Use of Shakespeare and Bunyan in Mhudi.” Research in African Literatures, vol. 11, no. 2, 1980

“Book Review: The Epic in Africa: Toward a Poetics of the Oral Performance.” Research in African Literatures, vol. 11, no. 4, 1980

“Book Review: Content and Context of Zulu Folk Narratives.” Research in African Literatures, vol. 10, no. 2, 1979

With Kunene, Daniel, and Kofi Awoonor. “Panel on South African Oral Traditions.” Issue, vol. 6, no. 1, 1979

“Book Review: The Xhosa Ntsomi.” African Arts, vol. 10, no. 2, 1970

“Portrait of Magolwane: The Great Zulu Poet.” Cultural Events in Africa, vol. 32, 1967