Mazisi Kunene was many things in his time: poet, freedom fighter, political prisoner, and diplomat. He’s also the author of Mhudi

For starters, he was born in a region of South Africa where multiple cultures – Xhosa, Tswana, and Zulu – came together. .

For starters, he was born in a region of South Africa where multiple cultures – Xhosa, Tswana, and Zulu – came together. .

With so many different worldviews in one space, it wasn’t long before he started to wonder about these people’s motivations for fighting one another.

When he took a job at a newspaper and had access to international news outlets such as Reuters and BBC, it opened his eyes even further.

Eventually, he began thinking about all of these conflicts on a universal scale, which is when the idea struck me that it would be possible to trace

what seemed like irrational wars back to their hidden causes. That would lead him to write Incwala. The whole time he was working on his epic poem, of course