‘Something in me died, a piece of me died, with the dying of Sophiatown …’

Bloke Modisane’s heartbreaking account of the destruction of Kofifi paints a profound picture of black life under apartheid and has become a literary classic. The legendary author, activist, journalist and actor would have turned 100 this year,

writes Siphiwo Mahala Mahala is a senior lecturer at the University of Johannesburg. His play, Bloke and His American Bantu, reimagines the camaraderie between Modisane and Hughes.
Insight | Commemoration

William “Bloke” Modisane, South African writer and 1950s Drum magazine journalist, would have turned 100 this year. He was born in Sophiatown, Johannesburg, on August 28 1923, and worked as a reporter for Drum magazine and its sister newspaper, the...

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