Langa, Mandla

About Mandla Langa

Twitter Account

Biography (CRL Rights Commission)

Biography (South African History Online)

Raditlhalo, Sam. “Mandla Langa.” Contemporary African Writers, Ojaide (ed.), 2011

"Mandla Langa, Author of The Naked Song." Mail & Guardian, 30 Aug. 1996



Orford, Margie. “Madiba Magic: The South African Icon as Husband, Father, Son and Friend.” Times Literary Supplement, no. 6038-6039, 2018

Slovo, Gillian. “Dare Not Linger: The Presidential Years by Nelson Mandela and Mandla Langa Review – An Impossible Act to Follow.” The Guardian, 22 Oct. 2017

Bushore, Jessica. “Dare Not Linger: The Presidential Years.” Library Journal, vol. 142, no. 20, 2017

Hoffert, Barbara. “Dare Not Linger: The Presidential Years.” Library Journal, vol. 142, no. 9, 2017

Gagiano, Annie. “The Lost Colours of the Chameleon, by Mandla Langa.” English Academy Review, vol. 27, no. 1, 2010

“South Africa.” Journal of Commonwealth Literature, vol. 44, no. 4, 2009

Graham, Shane. “The Memory of Stones/Davids Story.” Africa Today, vol. 48, no. 4, 2002

Barnett, Ursula A. “The Memory of Stones.” World Literature Today, vol. 75, no. 1, 2001

Oliphant, Andries. “The Memory of Stones.” Commonwealth & Comparative Politics, vol. 39, no. 2, 2001

De Kok, Ingrid. “World Literature in Review: South Africa.” World Literature Today, vol. 72, no. 3, 1998



Madondo, Bogani. “Linger No More: Mandela Speaks from the Grave, and Bongani Madondo Speaks to His Medium, Author Mandla Langa.” The Johannesburg Review of Books, 6 Nov. 2017

Drew, Allison. “Interview with Mandla Langa, Sandton, South Africa, 20 July 2001.” Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, vol. 20, no. 1-2, 2000



Wessels, Michael. “Representations of Revolutionary Violence in Recent Indian and South African Fiction.” Journal of Southern African Studies, vol. 43, no. 5, 2017

Washington, Salim. “Fingering the Jagged Grain: The Jazz/Blues/Mbaqanga Impulse of Mandla Langa.” World of Music, vol. 5, no. 2, 2016

Fasselt, Rebecca. “Reassessing Thematic Crossings between South Africa and Nigeria: Postcolonial Leadership and Power in Mandla Langa’s The Lost Colours of the Chameleon and Helon Habila’s Waiting for an Angel.” ARIEL, vol. 46, no. 3, 2015

Thurman, Chris. “Places Elsewhere, Then and Now: Allegory 'Before' and 'After' South Africa's Transition?” English Studies in Africa, vol. 53, no. 1, 2010

Mkhize, Jabulani. “'The Human Face of the Movement': Mandla Langa's A Rainbow on the Paper Sky.” Research in African Literatures, vol. 26, no. 1, 1995




The Texture of Shadows (2014)

The Lost Colours of the Chameleon (2008)

The Memory of Stones (2000)

A Rainbow on the Paper Sky (1989)

Tenderness of Blood (1987)


Short Story Collections

The Naked Song and Other Stories (1996)


Essays/Articles/Non-Fiction/Short Stories

“And the News Never Came.” Social Dynamics, vol. 45, no. 3, 2019

With Nelson Mandela. Dare Not Linger – The Presidential Years (2017)

“Africa's Credibility Is at Stake.” The Guardian, 24 Jun. 2008

“A Gathering of Bald Men.” World Literature Today, vol. 70, no. 1, 1996


Audio- and Audiovisual Material

In Conversation with Mandla Langa 10 Jul 2020, YouTube, 16 Jul. 2020

Profile Interview: Mandla Langa (Part 1),, 3 Jun. 2018

Profile Interview: Mandla Langa (Part 2),, 3 Jun. 2018

Interview: Dare Not Linger: The Presidential Years – Nelson Mandela & Mandla Langa, YouTube, 6 Nov. 2017

Nelson Mandela's Presidential Memoir, Dare Not Linger by Mandla Langa, YouTube, 17 Oct. 2017

Mandla Langa on His Book "The Texture of Shadows", YouTube, 29 Mar. 2015