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About the Creator and Performer

Tonderai Munyevu is an actor, writer, and director for stage, screen, and radio. Amongst his many critically acclaimed performances as an actor are Two Gentlemen of Verona or Vakomana vaviri veZimbabwe (Two Gents/Shakespeare’s Globe), Sizwe Banzi Is Dead at the Young Vic (and tour), Black Men Walking at the Royal Court (and tour), and his role as Peter in the film Something Nice From London (Latimer Films). He is the co-artistic director of Two Gents Productions. His writing includes Mugabe, My Dad and Me (York Theatre Royal/ETT), The Moors (Tara Arts Theatre/Two Gents Productions), Harare Files, How 700,000 People Lost Their Homes (written with Sarah Norman), Zhe [noun] Undefined (written with Antonia Kemi Coker and Chuck Mike), the short radio play A Tranquil Mind (BBC Radio 4), and various works of prose including The Visiting Hours, A Dispatch From Zimbabwe (Johannesburg Book of Reviews), Bullets (Team Angelica), and On James Baldwin (Queer Bible). He has been shortlisted for The Alfred Fagon Award 2019, is part of the Hightide Writers Group, and has received The Peggy Ramsay Foundation Grant for his latest play Black Farce.

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Best one.🤩

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A good story, marred only by strong sexual themes

I thoroughly enjoyed this story, I complain about sex because I can't share with children.

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This was amazingly poignant. As a Zimbabwean I could completely relate. So much left unsaid. Brilliant

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Great voice - written and oral.

I'm one of the 'diaspora' much like the narrator. The immigrant. A man with a foot in two boats. So the story is very relatable. But you, who are homogeneous, assertive in your stability, bored - you too may find something worth hearing... especially with such a musical voice. Well done, Mr Muyevu. I could actually see the stage.

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Close to home and heart

Narrated with flare and energy that I couldn't help but listen to the whole play in one sitting. Resonated with many of us who are African Diaspora walking between multiple worlds, yet living on one Earth.

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There is more to say

I could have given this story 5 stars had it not been for the the explicit language and direct sexual content.
It detracted from the story. The explicit language, I believe, has unfortunately excluded a wider cross-section of society from accessing this art and therefore renders this story as one that chiefly "preaches to the choir" of sympathetic white or white-adjacent folks.

I believed that the exercise of unpacking the complexity of this exploration of the narrative of a Black man, "born-free" in a land of one of the world's greatest ancient civilizations, gay, living in the land of the colonizer that tried to erase any evidence of that ancient majesty and sophistication, grappling with the memories of the trauma passed on from father and dictator is an exercise that should be made accessible to as many as possible. This being especially key for those young, passionate, and convinced of the necessity of the two-fold moral purpose of transforming themselves and society for the better.

To remedy this, Audible could consult with the author to produce a "clean" version which can be shared more broadly and used to facilitate a sweeping social dialogue which could evoke action towards meaningful change.

Separately, the sound of the mbira is absolutely hypnotic, as it should be, given its purpose(s). The sounds are an eerily soothing addition to this piece of art and warrants it's own exploration of the mbira as cultural gem by readers.

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Glad I Added This to My Library

I’m not sure what I was expecting when I downloaded this selection. To be honest, I’m not really sure what about it captured my attention. Still, I was anxious to listen.

I found myself swept away by Tonderai Munyevu’s lyrical voice, fascinated by the pronunciation of unfamiliar words. I was immediately engaged with his telling of his story, so different from my own life and experiences, and then again...the emotion. I connected to the emotions in his story and, though I could not fathom his world, I could understand his experience.

Anything missing from my understanding was, admittedly, due to my own ignorance. I know precious little about African culture, history, or politics. Still, Tonderai Munyevu made me want to know more. For that I am grateful and, again, glad I took the time to listen.

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Captures so many facets of healing our histories

Explores deep and ever shifting pieces of healing personal history, cultural traumas and it’s effect on individuals, on race and colonization, and on oppression and purpose. This is a beautifully crafted account told in a relatable style, that allows the listener to feel with the author, and understand their perspective. I enjoyed it!

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Haunting and insightful

So may layers to this exquisite performance. I wish I could see it on the stage. For anyone who has ever been asked ... “where are you from?” Or for anyone who asks this question of people who seem “other” than you, this will make you think and think again.

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Un tipo que habla de prejuicios haciendo prejuicio

Si alguien empezara un libro con generalizaciones sobre negros, judíos o mujeres, nadie lo soportaría, y eso está bien. Pero es curioso que hoy en día haya a quien le parezca bien que se utilice la excusa de "hombre blanco" para decir generalidades que se revierten al típico, antes del hombre blanco todo era bueno. No voy a escribir por qué es una barbaridad histórica. Quien quiera leer que reglas sociales y éticas había en otras partes del mundo, que lea y posiblemente verá que la historia es un poco más complicada que ponerse a decir generalidades y utilizar tácticas racistas contra la población blanca (que nunca tengo muy claro quienes son porque hay que ver luego que difícil es clasificar a la gente por algo tan absurdo como su color). Si le molesta que hablen de su país, pues que no lo mencione. Cuando menciono el mío, la gente más por deferencia que por ser mala, me habla de lo que ha oído, con más o menos tacto, con más o menos deferencia, pero al fin y al cabo solo intentan establecer una conversación con un extraño y mostrar preocupación. Gente así de enfadada no debería escribir libros, sino practicar meditación y liberarse de sus odios y prejuicios porque nadie se equivoque, en este libro en el que se quiere hablar de prejuicios que los blancos tienen, no está más que llenó de prejuicios contra ellos.

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