Songs That Won the Liberation War

Alec J. Pongweni

 

The book is out of print.

Synopsis

The book is a collection of chimurenga songs which are sung in Shona and were composed collectively during the war of liberation. These revolutionary songs provided, "the means by which political conscientisation was achieved and moral support generated among the masses." Pongweni writes that the songs are known as chimurenga because they derive from and embrace a common cultural milieu and because they are songs of an unhappy people, the children of disappointment.

Review

This book is destined to become a classic of Zimbabwean cultural history. Songs That Won the Liberation War will serve as a landmark in the development of Zimbabwean culture. - Ntongela Masilela, Research in African Literatures

Author

Alec J. Pongweni has been a Professor of English Language and Linguistics at the University of Botswana for more than 20 years. His research and teaching straddle the fields of literary criticism and of the linguistic investigation of both English and Bantu languages.