Translating as ‘initiation’, kumukanda is the name given to the rites a young boy from the Luvale tribe must pass through before he is considered a man.

The poems of Kayo Chingonyi’s remarkable debut explore this passage: between two worlds, ancestral and contemporary; between the living and the dead; between the gulf of who he is and how he is perceived.

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Kayombo Chingonyi

Kayombo (Kayo) Chingonyi was born in Zambia in 1987. He moved to the UK in 1993. He has published two pamphlets and one book: Some Bright Elegance, The Colour of James Brown’s Scream, and Kumukanda.

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