Video: Mandela’s ‘Praise Poet’ Zolani Mkiva

mkiva_post_detail_webAs I listened to the BBC coverage of Mandela’s funeral service in Qunu, I was thrilled and amazed to hear Mandela’s Xhosa “praise poet,” Zolani Mkiva (left), perform during the ceremony.

These traditional poets are called imbongi and they travel with tribal royalty and introduce them at special events.

I haven’t found video of him performing during the ceremony, but I did find this video of him “saying what he was going to say” to a reporter.

Watch the video here: Madiba’s Praise Poet