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 (12 May 2009). "Letter from Africa: 'When you tell a joke in the street, that is political'". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 30 April 2010.
  4. ^ "Shine-A-Light - City of Rhyme". Archived from the original on 28 September 2009. Retrieved 14 September 2009.
  5. ^ Iqbal, Nosheen (27 November 2008). "Mhlanga and Zarganar win arts awards for human rights". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 30 April 2010.
  6. ^ "Zimbabwe writer Mhalanga honoured". BBC News. 26 November 2008.

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