Daniel Cornelius Marivate (b. 1897 d. 1989), choir master, composer, and hymn writer, penned the first Xitsonga novel (published by the Swiss Mission Press in Johannesburg), Sasavona, in 1938. This novel won him a prize of £10 in a competition of the International Institute of African Languages and Cultures in 1936.
Marivate attended the Valdezia primary school (erected in 1888) near Louis Trichardt in the Northern Transvaal (now Limpopo Province), and the Lemana Training Institution. In 1897 Cornelius Marivate was appointed as Rev Malale's assistant, along with Joshua Marule and Frank Hlaise. He eventually became a minister himself, of this same Tsonga Presbyterian Church at the Valdezia Mission. Marivate was also the editor of the general-interest publication, The Valdezia Bulletin/Light , along with E. A. Tlakula and A. E. Mpapele, which was published at Valdezia mission station. Marivate was further a composer, writing choir music in his native Tsonga. This was groundbreaking work at the time, and in 1931, Eric Gallo's Singer Gramophone Company sent a group of musicians to London for a recording under Marivate's leadership.
DC Marivate Junior Secondary School in Soshanguve, South Africa, as well as a street in Saulsville, Pretoria, have been named after him..."
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