Nostalgic Waves from Soweto: Poetic Memories of the June 16th Uprising

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African Books Collective, 2009 - Poetry - 85 pages
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'Stylistically, Rachilo uses language simply, without relying on a strict formula. He is able to create a strong sense of place, meaning and emotion without being superflous. The poems make their point and import their stories efficiently and economically without overwhelming the reader with unnecessarily sophisticated vocabulary and rhetoric.'-Karabo Kgoleng-SAFM Literature

'Sol Rachilo's poetry in this collection, is a powerful reminder of where we come from as a nation. It is a gripping journey full of pain, a poignant reminder to the new generation of born frees that the freedom they enjoy today locates its genesis to a particular history full of personal sacrifice, pain and desire for justice on the part of those that fought for freedom. Unfortunately, Sol Rachilo's Nostalgic Waves of Soweto, also reminds us of the forgetful nature of human beings. The collection is about Soweto, just as it is about a collective memory of our past and our present.'-Edward Tsumele, Arts, Culture and Entertainment Writer-Sowetan

'This collection is an advocacy for a generation. In his reminisces of a generation that put up a fight against injustices of the apartheid system, Sol puts an urgent agenda forward. Strong metaphors are used throughout his style of prose poetry. In What Change is there, he decries 'freedom that rang from far'. A clear narrative of what went down then, what brought us here? Yet, it is an enquiry. What happens if a dream is deferred? The anger is not hidden, nor is the love for life and people. It is also not just about a generation's disappointment about the times of our lives, it is also about human relationships, about dignity and about love; the longing to love and be loved.

There is a lot of emotion in the words and expressions of this man, who implores us to speak out: "Better to be a loose cannon, than trapped in the labyrinth". Sol is less concerned about the rhyme in his verse. In the poetry landscape of today, where the 'word' is 'slammed' to higher levels of abstraction, it is refreshing to traverse the spoken word with eyes wide open. Sol achieves a lot with the simplicity of style.'-Khanyiso Mguni-Xarra Books

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I have met and read some of Sol Rachilo's great work. We are truelly blessed to have people that have captured the mood, moments and emotions that are the root of our history. A true legend in his right. In person Rachilo is a communicative, interesting person, with stories to fill ones heart with love, growth, dreams and amazing imagery. He leaves you blessed and ready for the future. - Nokwanda Mdluli-#Blaque_Tie 

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I first met bra-Sol at the market theatre(JHB-Newton) a while back, looking like an ordinary man, we started chatting and thats when we spoke about his book 'nostalgic waves from soweto'. He resited to me how he came up with the idea and the research conducted. I found it interesting how he mentioned the history of south african revolitionists and steps taken to attain the freedom we live apparantly live in today. I realised at that moment, that i was speaking to a special man, who somehow knew how to tell the south african story well, with relevant and factual quotation from our history........I recommend this book as a must have, more especially to the youth of South Africa.
Phetedi Mothopeng


About Sol Rachilo
The Signatories
Lets Recall
Boots in the Night
What Lurks
Oliver Twist in Soweto
Baby Found in Plastic Bag
The Night She Passed On
Something to Live for
The Cripple at the Party
What Change is There?

Child Crushed by Casspir
One of the Next Seven
The Creation of an Innocent Criminal
Eleventh Hour
The Black Cloth
Comrade Chris
To Stompie
Soweto I Salute You
Melody for a Father
Longing to be Loved
The Couples Song
As Luck Would Have It
Uskhova Wasemasotsheni eBESL
Profession of Despair
Night Sweepers
Loose Cannons
My Soweto Dream
Looking Through the Hazy Glass
The Grave
The Tree by the River
The Torch
Caged in Your Mind
Awake but Not Alone
Dreaming of the Future
But Once
Miracles Abound
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