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Scars that Shine “holds nothing back,” writes Marchelle Abrahams

Donvé Lee’s biography of legendary South African muso Syd Kitchen, Scars that Shine, was recently reviewed for The Mercury. Reviewer Marchelle Abrahams wrote:

DONVÉ Lee is no stranger to telling other people’s stories.

She has written the biography of artist Dan Rakgoathe and the books The Unfolding Man and An Intimate War.

After more than three years of research, many e-mails and trips, she has written a book about her friend, Syd Kitchen.

The guitarist, singer-songwriter and poet died of lung cancer in 2011. His career spanned 45 years and he was possibly the only artist to perform at every Splashy Fen Festival until his death.

Lee, who studied fine arts, worked as a textile designer, a TV news assistant, a graphic designer, a feature writer, an art teacher and a traveller, works hard to paint portraits in text.

“Syd was a friend of mine and he asked me many, many years ago to write a biography. He was a brilliant music artist and he didn’t get the recognition that he should have during his life.”

Lee spent three years writing the book. “I spent between six months and a year just doing the research. I interviewed more than 120 people. I flew to Durban several times to speak to friends and family and fans, then I spoke to people on Skype. I sent a lot of e-mails.I wanted to get it right.

To continue reading Abrahams’ review, click here.

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