The birth of Africa Pulse saw dozens of people with a love for literature celebrating its launch at the Fugard Theatre in Cape Town recently.
The evening was hosted by the University of the Western Cape, supported by the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences, the Mellon Foundation, and publisher Oxford University Press South Africa.
Led by prolific author Antjie Krog, with a team of translators, this series has taken some of South Africa’s indigenous classics from authors such as BW Vilakazi, OK Matsepe and SEK Mqhayi and translated them into English for a broader audience to access and enjoy.
Africa Pulse was born out of South Africa’s diverse cultures and languages with an abundance of so many rich stories.
Six novels, one play and a poetry anthology make up the series Africa Pulse.
And it brings to life these African classic stories in English to undoubtedly surpass any western contemporary work.
Organisers remark that reading South African stories bring us closer to the vast cultural nuances and themes that our country offers, all of which are filled with local relevance.
The project is in line with UNESCO’s sentiment on the importance of indigenous languages, recently reiterated by President Cyril Ramaphosa.
The evening saw the series brought to life during a special celebration.
Guests enjoyed introductions to each book.
They were introduced to the translators, enjoyed a theatre production from Senkatana, as well as some poetry readings.
The Africa Pulse series can be purchased as a set or individually at most leading bookshops across South Africa or online at oxford.co.za.