Mandla Langa

AboutMandla Langa

Mandla Langa grew up in KwaMashu, Durban. After his arrest in 1976, he went into exile and lived in Botswana, Angola, Zambia as well as Hungary and the United Kingdom, where he was the ANC’s Cultural Representative. Apart from writing the libretto of Milestones, which featured music by Hugh Masekela and Sibongile Khumalo, Mandla is the author of several acclaimed novels, including The Lost Colours of the Chameleon, which won the 2009 Commonwealth Prize for Best Book in the African Region, as well as writing alongside Nelson Mandela in his posthumous memoir, Dare Not Linger. Mandla’s latest novel, The Lost Language of the Soul, was published in 2021 to wide critical acclaim.