Cont Mhlanga

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Cont Mdladla Mhlanga is a Zimbabwean playwright, actor and theatre director.[1] He is also the founder and head of the Amakhosi Theatre Productions company, formed in 1982.[2][3]

He is a critic of the government of Robert Mugabe, and has been arrested often for public expressions of his views. He, alongside Burmese satirist Zarganar and City of Rhyme - a 14-strong hip-hop group from northern Brazil, whose lyrics condemn violence [4] - were winners of the inaugural Freedom to Create Prize in 2008.[5][6]





  1. ^ Riemenschneider, Dieter; Frank Schulze-Engler (1993). African literatures in the eighties. Rodopi. p. 113. ISBN 9051835183. 
  2. ^ Rubin, Don (1997). The World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre: Africa. Taylor & Francis. p. 365. ISBN 0415059313. 
  3. ^ Smith, David (2009-05-12). "Letter from Africa: 'When you tell a joke in the street, that is political'". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  4. ^ "Shine-A-Light - City of Rhyme". 
  5. ^ Iqbal, Nosheen (2008-11-27). "Mhlanga and Zarganar win arts awards for human rights". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  6. ^ "Zimbabwe writer Mhalanga honoured". BBC News. 2008-11-26. 

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