Our friends at Kidzania London invited SP K-Mushambi to take up residence at the Kidzania London National Library during October 2020. On the 3rd of October, Kidzania re-opened after being closed during the COVID-19 lockdown. October is also when the UK celebrates Black History Month, and as part of this, Kidzania also invited Cocoa Girl to be a part of the kids city.
We provided some display material for the library, and also some of our promotional badges and stickers, which were sold in the shop for Kidzos (the local currency)! Unfortunately Kidzania London had to close later in October as the COVID-19 restrictions were brought back into play. However, we hope that we’ll be able to collaborate with them again once restrictions are lifted.
See some pictures from the Kidzania London National Library below, and a video from the library as well!
In July this year we received the exciting news that The Mysterious Melody had been long-listed for the inaugural Diverse Book Awards 2020, in the Children’s category. The awards were created by The Author School in order to highlight the best of the diverse voices published in the UK during 2019, both traditionally and self-published.
Though we weren’t selected for the shortlist, we were honoured that the book was selected amongst so many great books! Thanks to The Author School and the judges for reviewing and selecting The Mysterious Melody for the longlist, and thanks to Tenelle Ottley-Matthew for her wonderful photos of the book!
Visit The Diverse Book Awards to view the shortlist and the winner who will be announced on te, and please support these and other diverse books and authors.
SP K-Mushambi’s first picture book, “Tarirai’s Choice”, was published on the 28th of July 2020! Buy it from our online shop, or from Amazon (UK, US and other regions). It is also available from other online bookshops, including Waterstones Online, Foyles and Barnes and Noble.
“Tarirai, a young guardian from the land of Tirivhu, is tasked with waking up the twins Naniso and Shinga, before their heritage is lost and forgotten. But Tarirai does not remember what to play and is in such dismay!
Will the Big Safari Five (Lion, Rhino, Leopard, Elephant and Buffalo) help him solve the problem?” Written in rhyme and with beautiful vibrant illustrations, “Tarirai’s Choice” is a fun yet powerful picture book for children and adults about staying true to who you are. You can take a look inside the book here!
The 2nd of July 2020 was the 1st anniversary of the publication of The Mysterious Melody! It’s hard to believe that this all started 1 year ago! In celebration, we reduced the price of the book for 1 week! We hope you managed to get your copy!
To all our readers and followers and reviewers, thank you for all the support over the past year, here’s to many more!
“Tarirai’s Choice” is a picture book, for children from 3 to 5 years. It contains the magic and music you have come to expect from SP K-Mushambi, and amazing and vibrant illustrations by Kudzai Gumbo. It also features a special appearance by characters from “The Mysterious Melody“. Your little ones will enjoy finding out if Tarirai will make the right choice!
We will confirm the publishing date for the book very soon, so keep an eye out for updates! In the meantime, meet some of the new characters from the forthcoming book, including Tarirai himself!
We’re trying to do our part to keep the kids entertained (and the parents sane) during this period of social distancing. Over the next week, every day, we will be releasing a couple of chapters of The Mysterious Melody, over on YouTube. Click the link above to watch Chapter 1, and Chapter 2 is available as well.
Follow us on social media or join our mailing list to be notified when about when the next chapters are available. If you would like to buy a copy of the The Mysterious Melody, it is available at our shop, or on Amazon and all good online bookshops.
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!
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