Masimba Musodza

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Masimba Musodza
Born Julius Masimba Musodza'
(1976-03-29) March 29, 1976 (age 40)
Harare, Zimbabwe
Occupation Screenwriter, Novelist, Producer

Julius Masimba Musodza (born 29 March 1976) is a Zimbabwean author.


Musodza was born at the cusp of the emergence of the new Zimbabwe, the eldest son of a senior civil servant in the Ministry of Lands. The Musodza family are of the Buja people of Mutoko , north east Zimbabwe. Reading was encouraged in the Musodza household. He was educated at Avondale Primary School, Harare and St Mary Magdalene's High School, Nyanga. After school, he trained as a screenwriter, selling his first screenplay to Media For Development Trust in 2002. Barely a month after, as political and socio-economic uncertainty engulfed Zimbabwe, Musodza relocated to the United Kingdom, where he has lived ever since. He lives in the North East England town of Middlesbrough.[1][2]


An avid reader as a child, Musodza aspired to be a writer from the time he discovered that it was possible to earn a living from it.[3] His first book was The Man Who Turned Into A Rastafarian, 2006, an anthology of short stories about Rastafarian life in Zimbabwe. This anthology, with the Dread Eye Detective Agency stories have established his reputation as a pioneer in African "Rastafarian Literature".[4][5][6]

Musodza has contributed to StoryTime e-zine, which was founded by Sweden-based Zimbabwean author and publisher, Ivor Hartmann.,[7] Jungle Jim,[8] Bookends, Winter Tales[9][10] and other periodicals.

He is also the author of the first definitive science fiction novel in the Shona language, MunaHacha Maive Nei?[11][12] Masimba Musodza is a Charter Member of the African Speculative Fiction Society.[13]He is one of two Zimbabwean writers who have been featured in Geoff Ryman's 100 African Writers of SF[14]

In addition to two personal blogs, Musodza, an advocate for Zionism, blogs for The Times of Israel.[15]



Masimba Musodza's professional acting debut was in Edgar Langeveldt's play, No News, which premiered at Theatre-In-The-Park, Harare, in 1997. He also appears in a short film, Vengeance is Mine (2001) by Tawanda Gunda. However, it was not until he settled in Middlesbrough that he began to pursue acting more seriously. He appeared in a short play, To Be Or Not To Be, written by compatriot Dictator Maphosa, as part of the Middlesbrough Council-sponsored Boro Bites short plays (August, 2010). In 2011, he joined the Arc Sketch Group, an extension of the Writers Block North East workshops,[18][19][20] which put on themed sketch shows[21] at the Arc Theatre, Stockton-on-Tees until it disbanded in 2012.

Since then, Masimba Musodza has been a film and TV extra, appearing in such productions as Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands (Episode 11), where he plays a Vani warrior.[22] He can also be seen in the festival teaser and UK trailer for Ken Loach's I, Daniel Blake.[23] He has also appeared in Make! Craft Britain, which was aired on BBC4 the 9th of June 2016.[24]


  1. ^ [1] Archived June 6, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "TeesBlogs — The man from Zimbabwe, that writes on Teesside". 2015-04-29. Retrieved 2015-12-23. 
  3. ^ "Masimba Musodza". 2014-11-17. Retrieved 2015-12-23. 
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  5. ^ "The Alpha and Almost Omega: A Rastafari and Reggae Bibliography". Retrieved 2015-12-23. 
  6. ^ "Rastafarianism in local literature". The Standard. 2014-02-16. Retrieved 2015-12-23. 
  7. ^ Musodza's Profile on Story Time ezine
  8. ^ "Masimba Musodza". Jungle Jim. 2012-05-08. Retrieved 2015-12-23. 
  9. ^ "Winter Tales". 2014-08-28. Retrieved 2015-12-23. 
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  11. ^ "First science fiction novel in Shona". Nehanda Radio. 2011-06-07. Retrieved 2015-12-23. 
  12. ^ Mark Bould (2013-08-23). "African Sf: Introduction". Paradoxa. Retrieved 2015-12-23. 
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  15. ^ Breakstone, David. "Masimba Musodza | The Blogs | The Times of Israel". Retrieved 2015-12-23. 
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  17. ^ Review of Yesterday's Dog
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