Ityala la Mawele

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Ityala la Mawele is a Xhosa musical play by

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Adapted from the influential novel Ityala la Mawele ("The Lawsuit of the Twins") by Samuel Edward Krune Mqhayi (1875–1945)[], The first novel in isiXhosa, it was first published by the Lovedale Press in 1914 and tells the story of a dispute between the fictional twins Wele and Babini over their deceased father’s estate and is set in the time of the historical King Hintsa kaKhawuta (1789–1835).

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Performance history in South Africa

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