Es'Kia Mphahlele's first work of autobiography, Down Second Avenue, is one of the classics of African literature. After that came the years of exile during which, as a 'listed' person, none of his works could be read in South Africa.
His second autobiography, Afrika My Music is set amidst the tumultuous years of his return to South Africa after 1976. 'Bantu Education' had triggered the Soweto revolt barely a month before he returned to his native land after twenty years in Europe, Africa and the United States.
In Afrika My Music, Es'kia grapples with important issues as always, but he also unpacks his traveler's trunk of memories. African writers, artists, musicians and politicians all crowd these pages in settings ranging from Ibadan through Paris to Philadelphia.