Dossier MZ-0056 [part 3]
Raul Alves Calane da Silva, universally known in Mozambique simply as Calane da Silva, was born in 1945 in the then Lourenço Marques, and has a masters degree [licenciatura] in literature. He has worked as a teacher and as a journalist (this last for over twenty years), but is most widely recognised as the author of several books, of which the best-known is probably the volume of poetry Dos Meninos da Malanga (Maputo: Cadernos Tempo, 1982). He was one of the founders of AEMO, and also of the theatre group Tchova Xi Ta Duma, in which he was active as a director and actor.
Above: Calane da Silva declaiming a poem during an Association of Mozambican Writers [AEMO] event in the 1980s. He was a founding member of the Association.
Since the 1990s, Calane da Silva has worked as an academic, and taught at the Universidade Pedagógica in Maputo. Having already published both poetry and prose, including the text of a three-volume collection of photographs (Olhar Moçambique), in 2003 he ventured into a new area, publishing a book of linguistic studies which focused especially on the question of the interference of the language structures of local African languages (such as Ronga) in the demotic Portuguese of Mozambique. His uncollected poems and essays have appeared in a range of local periodical publications in Mozambique.
◊ 8 August 1982
Calane da Silva: porque não poeta? Tempo [Maputo] no.617 (8 August 1982), p.68-70. In Portuguese. Click here to download a PDF file, size 1.2 Mb.
◊ 3 July 1983
Albino Magaia. Dos meninos da Malanga: trajectório política de um escritor. Tempo [Maputo] no.664 (3 July 1983), p.53-56. In Portuguese. Click here to download a PDF file, size 1.2 Mb.
◊ December 1983
Etevaldo Hipólito. Os meninos da Malanga: um poeta moçambicano relembra os seus tempos de criança durante o colonialismo. Cadernos do Terceiro Mundo [Rio de Janeiro] no.59-60 (December 1983), p.89-90. In Portuguese. Click here to download a PDF file, size 319 kb.
◊ 31 July 1988
Nelson Saúte. Calane da Silva: os homens que escrevem são solitários. Tempo [Maputo] no.929 (31 July 1988), p.40-44. In Portuguese. Click here to download a PDF file, size 781 kb.