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Long Time Coming

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»Before he died, my grandfather always said you can never really know a place until you have 1) fallen in love with its music 2) fallen in love with its women and 3) tried the mbanje that grows out of its soil. I thrust my hand into my junk filled pocket and excavated a sachet of mbanje.«
from The Jazz Goblin and His Rhythm in Short Writings from Bulawayo III
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Brian Chikwava


Brian is from Bulawayo, but now lives in London. He is a singer/songwriter and has released Jacaranda Sketches, his first recording since arriving in the United Kingdom. Brian won the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2004 for his short story Seventh Street Alchemy. He was recently a Charles Pick fellow at the University of East Anglia. Brian’s first novel Harare North was published to critical acclaim in 2009, winning the National Arts Merit Award for Outstanding First Creative Published Work in 2010.
amaBooks writings by Brian Chikwava

Short Stories: The Jazz Goblin and His Rhythm in Short Writings from Bulawayo III and Fiction in Long Time Coming