Cont Mhlanga
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Cont Mdladla Mhlanga
Died01 August 2022
Cause of deathIllness
  • Playwright
  • Director
  • Actor
Known forBeing a playwright.
Notable work
Prince Claus award
Spouse(s)Thembi Ngwabi

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

He was 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]




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  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". Archived from the original on 2009-09-28. Retrieved 2009-09-14.
  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.