LAUNCHED IN ZANZIBAR !
- - Author
Nisar Sheraly who wrote "Moto!
Majestic Cinema is on Fire" is seen with his artist Jacob
Francis at the Book signing at Gallery Book Shop, Zanzibar.
Moto! Majestic Cinema is on Fire"
- - Well
known author Nisar Sheraly has launched his latest story on Zanzibar
entitled: "Moto! Moto! Majestic
Cinema is on Fire".
official launch co-incuided with the recent ninth Zanzibar
International Film Festival, Festival of the Dhow Countries.
the eyes of a surly, obnoxious, self-centred, Mr. Knowall semi retired
teacher, named Professa, the event of the fateful day in 1954 is told
by the author, with vivid imagination and subtle sense of humour,
while retaining the uniqueness of the language and expressions of
illustrations, creatively crafted by a local Artist, Jacob Francis,
depicting the scenes then, enhance the story.
would recognize the names of Amir Ngozi, Chepe, Aghuli and Golo Buji
in all, it is "the best way of remembering the past", as Dr.
Abdul Sheriff writes in the Foreword.
must read for all Zanzibaris who remember the inferno as preparations
were made to premiere "Albella" on a new Cinemascope screen
in the Majestic Cinema that had a facelift internally and externally
you pick up some film strips of "Albella" that were lying
scattered on the road ?
you join the human chain of n'doo carriers to douse the fire? Did you
hear the frantic braying of punda of Ramazani ?
you see Professa throwing his weight around ?
you follow Ranchod or Gomes taking pictures ?
book brings back those pleasant memories of one-shilling-all-round
Sunday morning as well as Zanana and Night shows !
may be ordered from:
21 Samantha Circle,
ON, L4B 2R4, Canada
story, like the fire itself, is fast-moving and gripping ...
narrative certainly evokes the memory of the event itself,
and, as most of us who remember the fire were probably
teenagers at the time, the drama that accompanied it would
have occupied our minds for days on end, eventually lodging
itself firmly in our memories (especially as fire in public
like murders - were rare in the Zanzibar of the early
"That Nisar should have published this story over half a century
later is testament of its endurance."
Dr. F. Topan SOAS, University of London
Zanzibar they are available from Gallery Book Shop and Memories
opposite Post Office.
In Dar es Salaam at Novel Book Shop at Steers and at Slip Way.
UK, please call:
Mr Murtaza Bandali,
01923 240 844.
Publications in English by the same author, include Folktales
from Zanzibar For Children.