Zulu Language and Culture Acquisitions at Columbia: Home


This bibliography on the Zulu language and culture represents highlights from the last fifty years of library acquisitions at Columbia University. Related works in English include literary works, biographies, ethnographies, missionary and traveller's accounts, and works about Zulu history, religion, literature, the arts, music, and other aspects of culture; some video titles and music CDs are also cited.

Part of: African Studies at Columbia

Reference -- Dictionaries and Glossaries

  • Bhengu, Vusumuzi Maurice. Itshwele lempangele = [Guinea-fowl chicken]. Sandton: Heinemann Publishers, 1998. (120 p.) [In Zulu, a short novel about an Afro-Indian love affair.]
  • Mbatha, M.O. isiChazamazwi sesiZulu. Pietermaritzburg, South Africa : New Dawn Publishers, 2006. (1353 p.)
  • Msomi, Welcome. UMabatha = [Mabatha]. Mamela Afrika series. Sandton: Heinemann Publishers, 1998. (57 p.) [In Zulu, a dramatic adaptation of William Shakespeare's play "Macbeth")
  • Musho! : Zulu popular praises. Translated and edited by Liz Gunner and Mafika Gwala. African historical sources; no. 3. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press, 1991. (232 p.)
    --See also: E-book
    [Columbia only!]
  • Ntuli, D.B.Z. and M.N. Makhambeni.  Izimpande: ubucikomazwi besizulu kuze kufike ku-1993. Miscellanea specialia, no. 18. Pretoria: Unisa Press, University of South Africa, c1998. (314 p.)  [In Zulu, essays, poetry, historical & biographical sketches.]
  • Nxumalo-Kunutu, Thandiwe and Dumisile Mkhize. Masikhulume isiZulu = Let's speak Zulu : a multidimensional approach to the teaching and learning of Zulu as a foreign language. Madison, Wis. : National African Language Resource Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison, c2005. (432 p.)
  • Nyembezi, Cyril Lincoln Sibusiso and Otty E. H. Nxumalo. Inqolobane yesizwe. 4th ed. Pietermaritzburg : Shuter & Shooter, 1996. (314 p.)
    ["The storehouse of the nation:
    a survey of the main divisions of Zulu culture."]

    --See also: 1986 ed.
    --Plus: 1966 ed.
  • Sishi, Hubert. Imilando yakwaZulu : imidlalo yomsakazo. Umhleli, D.B.Z. Ntuli. Pretoria: University of South Africa, c2000. (243 p.)  [In Zulu, 27 radio plays broadcasted between 1960 & 1980.]
  • Stuart, James. (comp.) Izibongo: Zulu praise-poems. Translated by Daniel Malcolm, edited with introductions and annotations by Trevor Cope. Oxford, Clarendon P., 1968. (230 p.) [Zulu & English]
    --See also: Offsite copy
  • Two Zulu poets : Mazisi Kunene & B.W. Vilakazi. Compiled/edited by Dike Okoro. Milwaukee, WI : Cissus World Press, 2015. (98 p.) [Zulu & English.]
  • UBhambatha kaMakhwatha eminyakeni eyikhulu. Umhleli, D.B.Z. Ntuli. isiZulu poetry anthology. Pietermaritzburg : Shuter & Shooter, 2007. (71 p.) [Collection of poetic tributes:
    "A hundred years of the poetry of B. W. Vilakazi."]
  • Vilakazi, Benedict Wallet.
    Amal' ezulu. Rev. ed. Northlands: Macmillan, 2008. (62 p.) [Zulu poetry]
    --See also: 1980 rep. of 1960 ed.
  • Doke, Clement Martyn. English-Zulu, Zulu-English dictionary. Johannesburg: Witwatersrand University Press, 1990. [Combines 1953 & 1958 editions by Doke et al.]
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  • Nyembezi, C. L. Sibusiso.
    Inkinsela YaseMgungundlovu. Pietermaritzburg: Shuter & Shooter, 1990. (200 p.) [A novel, originally published in 1961; "Africa's 100 Best Books of the 20th Century."]
    --See also: English translation (2008)
  • Praises of Dingana [Izibongo zikaDingana] Edited by D. K. Rycroft and A. B. Ngcobo. Killie Campbell Africana Library publications; no. 3. Durban: Killie Campbell Africana Library; Pietermaritzburg: University of Natal Press, 1988. (258 p.) [A literary analysis in English, with praise poems, songs, cultural terms, and selected stanzas in Zulu.]