Winston Mankunku Ngozi

13 October 2009, 11:50 am

1943 – 13 October 2009

A poem by Kelwyn Sole from his debut collection, The Blood of Our Silence (Ravan, 1987):


Dark golden boat
on a sea
far away, rock with me
rock with me:

deep-throated bird
gentle me home
past the mud-lined street
where thoughts stick fast
and children pick rubbish

the night flakes notes
from the scalp of my sorrow –

hide in my pillow
and cry for me


Mankunku playing “Yakhal’ Inkomo”

Profile of Mankunku at

Short obituary by Ryland Fisher.

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