On the 6th of July the children’s author SP K-Mushambi attended the annual book festival held by the Royal African Society, Africa Writes 2019. This year was the eight edition.
This weekend brought together over 60 of the most influential voices in contemporary writing from Africa and its diaspora. This exciting literary weekend featured writers from Algeria, Angola, Cameroon, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Jamaica, Kenya, Liberia, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Tunisia, Uganda, South Africa, UK, USA, Zambia and Zimbabwe, and highlighted themes of cosmology, masculinity, mental health and Africans in Europe amongst others. You can find out more about the authors and workshops who took part in the festival here.
There is an international book fair held alongside the festival, and we were lucky enough to be offered a stall. “The Mysterious Melody” was on sale and the author was on hand to speak to attendees about the book and about Naniso and Shinga! Below are some pictures that we took at the event, and others are available on our Instagram and Facebook pages.
We’re delighted to announce that on the 6th of July, we will be at the international book fair at the Africa Writes 2019 festival! Come and see us at our stall where you can buy your copy of The Mysterious Melody and meet the author SP K-Mushambi! Check out the fantastic programme for the festival itself which brings together 60 of the most influential voices in contemporary African writing at the British Library!
We’ve known for a long time that we could use illustrations, music and animation to bring Naniso and Shinga to life. The Mysterious Melody book trailer conveys the essence of this first book and all the books that will hopefully follow. We hope this will just be the first of many animations featuring Naniso and Shinga.
Some seriously talented artists from Zimbabwe were involved in the production of this book trailer. Kudzai Gumbo is a graphic designer who has worked in the animation and games industries. He has been on this journey with us almost since the beginning, from when he provided the first illustrations of Naniso and Shinga to the delivery of the illustrations and the book cover. You can see samples of his other animation work here and here.
Platinum Kingz Records are music producers based in Harare, Zimbabwe. We were blown away by how quickly they took our brief and turned it into a theme tune that really tells Naniso and Shinga’s story. We will be working with them again on more material, and we expect them to go far.
The voiceover is provided by a young lady who we are also sure has a great future ahead of her! She loves Naniso and Shinga too, and shares their passion for discovering more about the country of her heritage!
Please enjoy The Mysterious Melody book trailer below. If you go to our channel on YouTube you can find some of our other videos. Please send us an email or visit us on socialmedia if you have any thoughts, we would love to hear from you.
We announced “The Mysterious Melody” a short while ago. Now take a sneak peek at the cover of the debut children’s book by S.P. K-Mushambi!
We are excited to be able to tell you that you will be able to pre-order the book from Amazon from the 13th on June. “The Mysterious Melody” will be published very soon after that in July. We are planning to share a lot of content leading up to publish day, including profiles of the author, the illustrator and more. Please sign up to the mailing list that you don’t miss out on any updates from us.
We are publishing this book in association with Conscious Dreams Publishing, and the book has been edited by Molah.media. We are very grateful for all the work they have done. And thank you for taking this journey with us, we really appreciate it!
We are excited to be making this book announcement today! The first children’s book in the Naniso Shinga series, called The Mysterious Melody, will be coming out in Summer 2019! We are ecstatic to be able to share this news with you! Over the next few weeks we will provide more details on the book, the author and the brilliant team we have been working with to make this dream come true. We hope that you will enjoy this journey with us, and ultimately that you and your little ones will love reading about Naniso and Shinga’s adventures. More info soon, stay tuned!