Born to Kwaito book launch a roaring success
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Born to Kwaito: Reflections on the Kwaito Generation, a new BlackBird Books publication by Esinako Ndabeni and Sihle Mthembu, was launched at the SABC in Auckland Park on Thursday, 5 July 2018.

Thabiso Mahlape, BlackBird Books publisher, says of the book: ‘Born to Kwaito is not only an examination of the history of the music genre; it is also a revisit of the relationship we have with the music, its stars and their own relationship with their art and themselves.’

Actress Rami Chuene chaired the discussion at the packed-out launch, which was attended by a number of book clubs, literary podcaster Letlhogonolo Mokgoroane of The Cheeky Natives, Uzalo actress Sihle Ndaba, writer and activist Lebohang Masango, and members of the Fees Must Fall movement, as well as a number of prominent politicians.

At the launch, Mthembu spoke about the way in which women have been erased from the history of kwaito.

‘A lot of women wrote and sang on songs they weren’t credited for’, he said, as reported by City Press. ‘This book credits them where history may have failed to do so.

‘It also discusses violence and how we deal with violence from people we love.’

Check out the action on Twitter to get a feel for how the event went down:

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