“1994 saw the end of South Africa’s white minority government, and of the repressive cultural climate it imposed. South Africa’s non-white poets had been unfree in more respects than one. As citizens they had been treated as inferior , as poets therefore, they were bound to lend their voice to the struggle for freedom.
Lesego Rampolokeng’s work is best judged with this background in mind. His aversion from racial and neo-colonial repression speaks clearly in his poetry, and it partly explains its incisive, agressive tone.Rampolokeng’s work reflects strong influences from Caribbean dub and the rap poetry, as well as elements from his native oral tradition.
Author: Lesego Rampolokeng
Rights: World Rights available, ex South African
Publisher: Deep South, South Africa
Format: Paperback, 126 pages