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WHO KILLED MR DRUM (article first published : 1999-10-14)

Adams Campus Bookshop in association with Mayibuye Books of the University of the Western Cape will launch Who Killed Mr Drum by Sylvester Stein on October 15. This is the story of the legendary band of black writers who created the magazine Drum.

Sylvester Stein, who also wrote Second Class Taxi weaves his story around the unsolved death of chief reporter Henry Nxumalo, nicknamed “Mr Drum”, while he “was on the track of some of apartheid’s darkest secrets”. The storyline moves through the activities of such names as Can Themba, Nat Nakasa, Todd Matshikiza, Bloke Modisane, Es’kia Mphahlele, Arthur Maimane and Casey Motsisi. The book is characterised by reproductions of adverts of popular products of the 50’s such as Five Star cigarettes, Minora shaving blades and Artra skin tone cream.

Who Killed Mr Drum is considered a by the publishers as a “timely contribution to South African journalistic history” as well as “a gripping murder mystery which credits the sung and unsung heroes of the time.” For details contact (031) 261-2320 (ext 2885) or fax (031) 261-6053. E-mail adamsbks@iafrica.com


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