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Mohapeloa Critical Edition, Volume II

Mohapeloa Critical Edition, Volume II: Meloli le Lithallere tsa Afrika II
Composer: Joshua Pulumo Mohapeloa
Title:

Joshua Pulumo Mohapeloa Critical Edition, Volume II: Meloli le Lithallere tsa Afrika II (African Songs and Extemporary Harmonizations Book II)

Catalogue: ACE VOLUME II
Works: JPM 033–064
Price: $15.00 Add score collection to cart (buy all scores in one purchase)

Volume 2 of the Mohapeloa Critical Edition comprises Mohapeloa’s songbook Meloli le Lithallere tsa Afrika II: Buka ea Bobeli (African Songs and Extemporary Harmonizations, Book 2), originally published in 1939 in Morija, Lesotho. The 32 songs were written in tonic solfa notation and are transcribed here into staff notation with commentaries. Mohapeloa’s translations are used where they exist, but the main translation work has been done for this Critical Edition by Mantoa Motinyane-Smouse and Mpho Ndebele.

Mohapeloa Critical Edition, Volume Ia (with tonic solfa)

Mohapeloa Critical Edition, Volume Ia: Meloli le Lithallere tsa Afrika I (with t
Composer: Joshua Pulumo Mohapeloa
Title:

Joshua Pulumo Mohapeloa Critical Edition, Volume Ia: Meloli le Lithallere tsa Afrika I (African Songs and Extemporary Harmonizations Book I) with tonic solfa

Catalogue: ACE VOLUME Ia
Works: JPM 001–032
Price: $15.00 Add score collection to cart (buy all scores in one purchase)

This is the first critical edition of the complete works of Lesotho composer Joshua Pulumo Mohapeloa (1908–1982), who between the 1920s and 1970s created a modern African choral idiom in tonic solfa score, inspired by traditional Basotho music, jazz, Western classical music and hymns. Mohapeloa’s repertoire of almost 200 short unaccompanied choral songs has been newly transcribed from tonic solfa into staff notation, and his original Sesotho texts have been extracted from the solfa scores and translated into English where his own translations do not exist. Volume Ia contains thirty-two songs for unaccompanied choir, in staff notation plus tonic solfa.

Mohapeloa Critical Edition, Volume I

Mohapeloa Critical Edition, Volume I: Meloli le Lithallere tsa Afrika I
Composer: Joshua Pulumo Mohapeloa
Title:

Joshua Pulumo Mohapeloa Critical Edition, Volume I: Meloli le Lithallere tsa Afrika I (African Songs and Extemporary Harmonizations Book I)

Catalogue: ACE VOLUME I
Works: JPM 001–032
Price: $15.00 Add score collection to cart (buy all scores in one purchase)

This is the first critical edition of the complete works of Lesotho composer Joshua Pulumo Mohapeloa (1908–1982), who between the 1920s and 1970s created a modern African choral idiom in tonic solfa score, inspired by traditional Basotho music, jazz, Western classical music and hymns. Mohapeloa’s repertoire of almost 200 short unaccompanied choral songs has been newly transcribed from tonic solfa into staff notation, and his original Sesotho texts have been extracted from the solfa scores and translated into English where his own translations do not exist. Volume I contains thirty-two songs for unaccompanied choir, in staff notation.

African Choral Legacy: Historic Recordings of Joshua Pulumo Mohapeloa

African Choral Legacy: Historic Recordings of Joshua Pulumo Mohapeloa
Composer: Joshua Pulumo Mohapeloa
Performers:
  • Morija Training College Choir, conductor not specified
  • Morija Training College Choir, cond. B. Mashologu
  • Manhattan Brothers with Miriam Makeba
  • Ionian Male Voice Choir, cond. Khabi Mngoma
  • and 21 more…
Catalogue: CD ACE 001
Duration: 72:25

The music on this CD represents a selection of one African composer’s repertoire of short a cappella choral works from the 1930s to 1970s and is a historical account of cultural adaptation in sound. Tracks 1-8 were recorded in Johannesburg at the Gallo studio in late 1936 or early 1937 and are among the first recordings of choirs in southern Africa. Both the sound quality (preserved from a surviving but rather damaged copy) and the vocal quality, imbue the music with memories of a bygone age. Track 9 is a Gallo recording of the Manhattan Brothers with Miriam Makeba singing an early 1950s jazz arrangement of Mohapeloa's train song, 'Chuchumakhala'. Tracks 10 to 31 are drawn from the rich repository of Mohapeloa recordings in the South African Braodcasting Corporation's sound archive in Johannesburg recorded from the early 1960s to early 2000s. The whole album reveals major changes in African choral singing in the 20th century and Mohapeloa's extraordinary range of styles and expressions, from the lyrical to the dramatic and the folksy to the religious. Each track is a gem in itself.: accessible, unusual, and intriguing. Collectively the 31 tracks offer a window into the largely undiscovered world of modern African choral song, making a delightful counterbalance to the more familiar African commercial music of South Africa.

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