Sikhahlel' u-OR - A Praise Poem, by Mongane Wally Serote
Poet laureate and antiapartheid struggle veteran Mongane Wally Serote presents an epic poem in praise of the life of the late Oliver Reginald Tambo, who served as president of the African National Congress from 1967 to 1991. S’khahlela uOR, written in beautiful, incantatory English, has a rhythm and a forward motion that is compelling and meditative. This praise poem touches on OR Tambo’s childhood in Bizana in the Eastern Cape, the struggle, his role in the ANC and his vision for South Africa. To be released on the anniversary of OR Tambo’s birth, this epic poem is a timeous reminder of how the ground was prepared for current freedoms.
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