Upcoming Virtual Event

Virtual Event: Mukoma wa’ Ngügî

presenting

Unbury Our Dead with Song

in conversation with PEACE ADZO MEDIE

Date

Sep
24
Friday
September 24, 2021
5:00 PM ET

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Harvard Book Store's virtual event series welcomes MUKOMA WA’ NGÜGΗacclaimed author of Nairobi Heat and Black Star Nairobi—for a discussion of his latest novel, Unbury Our Dead with Song. He will be joined in conversation by bestselling novelist PEACE ADZO MEDIE, author of His Only Wife

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Praise for Unbury Our Dead with Song

"...the first time you heard a Tizita that was yours, you fell in love with it. You never forget your first love; you never forget your first Tizita."

In the heart of Nairobi, four musicians—The Diva, The Taliban Man, The Corporal and 70-year-old bartender Miriam—gather for a once in a lifetime competition, to see who can perform the best Tizita. In the audience is tabloid journalist John Thandi Manfredi, who is enthralled by their renditions of the Ethiopian blues.

Desperate to learn more, he follows the musicians back to Ethiopia, hoping to uncover the secret to this haunting music. Manfredi's search takes him from the idyllic Ethiopian countryside to vibrant juke joints and raucous parties in Addis Ababa, set to a soundtrack of stirring Tizita performances.

From the humble domesticity behind the Diva's glamorous façade, to the troubling question of the Corporal's military service past, Manfredi discovers that the many layers to this musical genre are reflected in the lives and secrets of its performers.

A love letter to beauty, music and the imagination, Unbury Our Dead with Song captures how it feels have an encounter with the sublime.

Praise for Unbury Our Dead with Song

"The tale of the Tizita is the essence which binds the story, but as you turn the pages, stratums of Africa are revealed in all their beauty, cruelty and hope. If you are someone who is stirred by the sound of a song, or feel an ache in your heart over a farewell, and you enjoy a well-crafted and honest book—please put this one on your reading list." —The New African

Mukoma wa’ Ngügî
Mukoma wa’ Ngügî

Mukoma wa’ Ngügî

Mukoma wa’ Ngügî is an Associate Professor of English at Cornell University and the author of The Rise of the African Novel: Politics of Language, Identity and Ownership, the novels Mrs. Shaw, Black Star Nairobi, Nairobi Heat, and two books of poetry, Logotherapy and Hurling Words at Consciousness. He is the co-founder of the Mabati-Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature and co-director of the Global South Project–Cornell.

Peace Adzo Medie
Peace Adzo Medie

Peace Adzo Medie

Peace Adzo Medie is a Ghanaian writer and Senior Lecturer in Gender and International Politics at the University of Bristol in England. Prior to that she was a Research Fellow at the University of Ghana. She has published several short stories, and her book, Global Norms and Local Action: The Campaigns to End Violence Against Women in Africa will be published by Oxford University Press in 2020. She is an award-winning scholar and has been awarded several fellowships. She holds a PhD in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh and a BA in Geography from the University of Ghana. She was born in Liberia.

Photo Credit: Sylvernus Darku, Team Black Image Studio

 

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