Sunday, December 10, 2006

The Man who turned in to a Rastafarian
Short Stories by Masimba Musodza
Published by Exposure Publishing, December 2006, ISBN 1846855373.

After so many obstacles, my book is finally out. I could not believe it when I opened the Diggory Press/Exposure Press web page and saw it.

Even more unbelievable has been the response, e-mails from people telling me that they have placed orders have been overwhelming. And I haven't even started to tell the world.

That feeling that I often get, that no one really gives a monkey's what I have to say? I don't have it right now!!!!!

Praises to the Most High Rastafari for making this project happen.

The Man who turned in to a Rastafarian is probably the only work of fiction that explores the reality Rastafarian presence in Zimbabwe today. I must make clear that most of it is based on observation, there is very little autobiographical material in the stories. I know Gilbert, my friend, will be furious to see a match-making character named "Jerome", but I could not help myself there. Marriage has done things to his psyche, I had to immortalise the man he was for posterity.

I had a talk on the phone with my friend Hloni, and she tells me that unless my book is chosen as a literature set book in schools and colleges, I don't have a prayer as an author in Zimbabwe. Well, it is not going to be chosen as a set book in schools and colleges, that is a foregone conclusion that has nothing to do with a lack of confidence. Should this project be a success, I could actually be able to tell the rest of the writer fraternity how to make it with the aid of the Internet. And, having made a bit of cash, there are one or two really talented but underprivileged writers that I would like to lend a hand to.

Please have a look at my book, and tell me what you think. I would like to see the independent bookstores take it on as well.

The Man who turned in to a Rastafarian is available directly from the publishers and from the following online stores. And there have been a few reviews, notably on Rastainoz .


Malcolm Quartey said...

Hello Masimba. I'd like to congratulate you on your succes in getting a book on the reality of Rastafari published. I can't however see it anywhere on Amazon. Well, I hope you'll be writing more books on this subject in the future and I think I'll enjoy them. Please visit me on my modest blog at tell me what you think about it by leaving a comment. Please share your thoughts on His Impereal Majesty, Emperor Haile Selassie I, and on your visions and hopes for the African continent. I'm looking forward to reading your comment. Jah bless, Jah Rastafari!!!

Heather said...

hello, i can't wait to read this book ... and am very thankful for it. I've found it definitly on barnes & noble, but haven't tried amazon..

I think the whole world needs more books like this, just from my own small misundersanding here in america even, people do not know much of rastafari and what they do know is usually very wrong, one time where i work everyone was talking about what religion they were and I was really quiet just listening most of the time and then finally I got up the courage and said "I am a Rastafarian."

Why did I have to be afraid when they weren't afraid to express their religion or non/religion,etc... they all just turned and stared at me kind of shocking like and became quiet, and some laughed.

to my surprise one kid all of a sudden became infactuated with me though about this ever since, he stood up against the crowd and started bravely saying nice things/questions to me about it because he knew some of it, was interested, maybe thought he may be "one' or become one,etc.. I think and so asked me questions the rest of the work-shift, but one thing I was upset about was that he also focused alot on the ishense/ganja-weed, etc.... and I told him that is not what it is about at all and he asked also if there was a rastafari bible, and I told him some about the holy piby, etc...... and all that but did not get enough chance to share with him more and I regret this, that is why a book like this one is so great & hope more read it, everytime I express who I am i am terribly misunderstood so I just keep to myself mostly about it

Masimba Musodza said...

I know the feeling, even before you encounter the disapproval you have to muster a lot of courage to say, "I am a Rastafarian". But afterwards, you feel defiant.

The feeling about being misunderstood, well it seems that one is never going to go away unless you live in area where there are many likeminded folks. I became a wonder to many, the Psalmist says.

Heather said...

thanks, I did feel very great after saying it, for me its all not so much a cultural thing as it may be for others, which is fine to me anyhow either way. If I actually sat down and explained it all to my family or anyone else really, nomatter what I tell them they would just not get it. I don't think rastafari is easy to digest for everyone, I've come to a conclusion just to live my life and get in where I fit in and not bother trying to explain if the subject comes up. It doesn't come up very often though, becuase I do not fit most of the stereotypes, and the main problems I have are different. I have tried to look and I don't think there are very many rastafarians in minnesota, I even thought of putting an ad in a major newspaper here titled something like, lol "calling all rastafari, need to talk to you!!" (i still might do that one). I thought of going to some reggae shows, I've never been to one in my life, but to me even a group calling themselves 'rastafari' doesn't mean they are rastafari and a reggae fest might be helpful but I haven't tried that yet, because to me it is not only about reggae. Maybe I should start a page like yours called minnesota rastafarian, lol. I wonder if anyone will show up. Maybe laura engles wilder. anyhow, thanks for you bloggings, it must be obvious there is a lack of rasta in minnesota if I end up all the way over here on a zimbabwean sight. I did find one who claimed to be a rasta from minnesota, but was a sham. I'll try the newpaper thing, that might help. the only thing I worry about if I do find other rasta in minnesota is what they'll be like too? because of so many different sects & types of rasta across the world. I am hoping there are some good ones here who aren't venemous & wacko. I have even seen some rasta-looking people trod on by me walking along some places, with the colors/hair etc. but I just don't feel like grabbing there arm and saying 'wait stop, rastafari!!!' like some dingo. but then again, maybe I should do that, lol. thanks for post

tribal woman said...

Hello Masimba,
Have you tried advertising your book on Also how can I purchase your book if I dont have a credit card?
Jah Bless

Masimba Musodza said...

Greetings sister

I'm sorry for not having seen your comments earlier, and many thanks for the enquiry. Wherabouts are you geographically? Please e-mail me on and we'll see how to get a copy to you.

I am working on, there will even be a review.