Bitches’ Brew

24 December 2015 Books


bitches' brewTitle – Bitches’ Brew
Author – Fred Khumalo
Publisher – Jacana Media (2006)
Genre – Fiction
Review

“The novel is told in an epistolary form – as a series of letters between the two main characters, Zakes and Lettie. Through these letters we learn about their lives, their shared love, the circumstances that shaped them, along with their joys and regrets. Lettie, a retired shebeen queen, is from Maseru, Lesotho and later moves to Durban, South Africa as a young woman where she meets Bra Zakes, an amateur musician and hustler. Theirs is a relationship of missed opportunities, for lack of a better phrase… An important theme in the novel is the role of music. Khumalo reveals himself to be great lover of jazz. If the book title Bitches Brew (named after Miles Davis’s gold album released in 1970) isn’t a clue, this quickly becomes apparent as each chapter is headed by a song title. Zakes has a love for music, and as a young man travels the country performing; he uses it for self-expression.” (source: Seize the Moment Blog) Click here to buy this book


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