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- DescriptionThis is an account of the life and work of Gibson Kente - fondly kwn to many as 'Bra Gib' - widely recognised to be the foremost black playwright and one of the leading cultural icons of his time. His prolific musical productions, staged between the mid-1960s and 2004, were enthusiastically received by township audiences throughout South Africa. Kente's touring township shows came to define South African township theatre and provided the base from which much black - and other - South African theatre was later to flourish. His work to date has been poorly documented and the records of all but one of his plays were lost in a fire. As the first definitive work on this talented, influential and controversial man, Solberg's Bra Gib comes to fill a gap that needed urgent addressing. Presented in two parts, it gives a chrological overview of Kente's plays and the popular and critical reaction to them, and also includes anecdotal insights into the famous Kente working methods from those who knew and worked with him. Overall, Bra Gib offers a fascinating portrait of the multi-faceted man who was playwright, teacher, musician and entrepreneur - and does t shrink from engaging the controversies that surrounded the later part of Kente's career.
- Author BiographyRolf Solberg has spent most of his professional life as a teacher of English and Anglo-African literature. His home is in Norway, but he spends a few months every year in South Africa.
- Author(s)Rolf Solberg
- PublisherUniversity of KwaZulu-Natal Press
- Date of Publication31/08/2011
- SubjectOther Performing Arts
- Place of PublicationScottsville, Kwazulu-Natal
- Country of PublicationSouth Africa
- ImprintUniversity of KwaZulu-Natal Press
- Content NoteIllustrations
- Weight330 g
- Width150 mm
- Height230 mm
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