Poetry plays an integral role in the lives of the Bantu people of South Africa. In every ceremony one can clearly see the recitation of poetry. In their day to day living, the Bantu people use poetry effortlessly because it is rooted in their culture. Traditionally, when the men return home from hunting or from work in modern society when they bring food, women would recite praise poetry to them in a way of thanking them. The praise poetry in itself is poetry. When thanking a Shona or Ndebele person, a simple thank you is not enough. Mothers, wives or husbands recite the whole praise poetry as a way of showing appreciation. During courtship it was not enough to tell the lady of her beauty. The young men were expected to recite poetry in praise of her beauty. In Nduri Dzorudo a Shona compilation of this genre of poetry, there are several poems which the young couples would recite to each other. It is from this culture that Tawanda Gumbo draws the rich poetry that is in his collection. Traditionally most of this poetry was recited, it was orature, Tawanda has written it. This brings the genre from being oral literature to written literature.
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Tawanda Gumbo, MD is a Research Scientist with the Ordway Research Institute, Director of Transplant Infectious Diseases, and an Assistant Professor of Medicine, in Albany, New York. His first work, The Fire Inside is an acclaimed work of fiction about the political quagmire of his native country.
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