Mohapeloa Critical Edition, Volume II

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

The appearance of Meloli le Lithallere tsa Afrika II only four years after the first Meloli (1935), attests both to the popularity of Mohapeloa's work and to the ease with which the he was able to assemble another 32 songs for publication. Like the songs in Meloli I, most of those in Meloli II had already been ‘tried and tested’ by choirs and were thus fairly well known; and Morija Sesuto Book Depot was again the publisher. They brought out a second edition in 1945, which was even before the second edition of Meloli I (1953), and third and fourth editions of Meloli II followed in 1955 and 1980. Even after Mohapeloa’s death in 1982, a fifth edition was printed (1996). These are effectively reprints rather than new editions, almost identical to the first edition albeit with occasional variants or typos. The preparation of the present Critical Edition takes all these versions into account, as well as other documentation. Meloli II begins with song no. 33 and ends with no. 64. (In this new Edition songs are not numbered.) The last song in Volume II is unusual in having an English text, while all the others are in Sesotho. During the preparation of Meloli II for publication Mohapeloa may have been living for at least part of the time in Johannesburg, where he attended part-time music classes at the University of the Witwatersrand (1939 to 1942). The year 1939 also marked the outbreak of World War II, a war into which Basotho were drawn because of their allegiance to the British Empire (Basutoland was still a Protectorate in 1939). Many topical issues weave their way into Mohapeloa’s song texts, and his developing musical style in this Volume shows how he incorporated newly acquired skills and musical influences from the Reef. He formed his own choir during his time, the Johannesburg Traditional Choristers, which was very likely to have had some of the songs from Meloli II in its repertoire.

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Leeba SATB · vocal score
JPM 033 · ACE 065 · ISMN-979-0-804001-64-8
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Phephi, Ngoan’a ‘Mè SATB · vocal score
JPM 034 · ACE 067 · ISMN-979-0-804001-66-2
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TY SATB · vocal score
JPM 035 · ACE 069 · ISMN-979-0-804001-68-6
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A Re Eeng SATB · vocal score
JPM 036 · ACE 071 · ISMN-979-0-804001-70-9
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Ha Eso SATB · vocal score
JPM 037 · ACE 073 · ISMN-979-0-804001-72-3
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Morija SATB · vocal score
JPM 038 · ACE 075 · ISMN-979-0-804001-74-7
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Moshanyana, Se Llele ho Lisa SAT(T)B · vocal score
JPM 039 · ACE 077 · ISMN-979-0-804001-76-1
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Kiri 'a Tšoana SATB · vocal score
JPM 040 · ACE 079 · ISMN-979-0-804001-78-5
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Mapetle a Hukung SATB · vocal score
JPM 041 · ACE 081 · ISMN-979-0-804001-80-8
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Lipapatlele SATB · vocal score
JPM 042 · ACE 083 · ISMN-979-0-804001-82-2
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Ma-tsoa-Gaudeng SATB · vocal score
JPM 043 · ACE 085 · ISMN-979-0-804001-84-6
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Hook, Haneeu! SATB · vocal score
JPM 044 · ACE 087 · ISMN-979-0-804001-86-0
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Chao SAATB · vocal score
JPM 045 · ACE 089 · ISMN-979-0-804001-88-4
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Oa Iteli-telisa SAATB · vocal score
JPM 046 · ACE 091 · ISMN-979-0-804001-90-7
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Thoko ea Maafrika SATB · vocal score
JPM 047 · ACE 093 · ISMN-979-0-804001-92-1
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Mo-Afrika, Tsoha SATB · vocal score
JPM 048 · ACE 095 · ISMN-979-0-804001-94-5
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Moshoashoailane SATB · vocal score
JPM 049 · ACE 097 · ISMN-979-0-804001-96-9
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Tsolo La E-sa SA(A)T(T)B · vocal score
JPM 050 · ACE 099 · ISMN-979-0-804001-98-3
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Siu Bo Sele SATB · vocal score
JPM 051 · ACE 101 · ISMN-979-0-804002-00-3
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Pesaleme ea 103 SATB · vocal score
JPM 052 · ACE 103 · ISMN-979-0-804002-02-7
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Koli ea Malla SATB · vocal score
JPM 053 · ACE 105 · ISMN-979-0-804002-04-1
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Jim, Motsoalle oa Ka SATBSATB · vocal score
JPM 054 · ACE 107 · ISMN-979-0-804002-06-5
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Mafeteng SATB · vocal score
JPM 055 · ACE 109 · ISMN-979-0-804002-08-9
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Mankanisi SATB · vocal score
JPM 056 · ACE 111 · ISMN-979-0-804002-10-2
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Sika la Tholo, Khaoha SATB · vocal score
JPM 057 · ACE 113 · ISMN-979-0-804002-12-6
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’Maborokoane SATB · vocal score
JPM 058 · ACE 115 · ISMN-979-0-804002-14-0
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Molepe SATB · vocal score
JPM 059 · ACE 117 · ISMN-979-0-804002-16-4
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Lipshamathe SATB · vocal score
JPM 060 · ACE 119 · ISMN-979-0-804002-18-8
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Maseru SATB · vocal score
JPM 061 · ACE 121 · ISMN-979-0-804002-20-1
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Senkepeng SATB · vocal score
JPM 062 · ACE 123 · ISMN-979-0-804002-22-5
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Obe SATB · vocal score
JPM 063 · ACE 125 · ISMN-979-0-804002-24-9
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Coronation March SATB · vocal score
JPM 064 · ACE 127 · ISMN-979-0-804002-26-3
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