Mohapeloa Critical Edition

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. Read more

Mohapeloa Critical Edition, Volume I revised 2016

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) revised 2016

Catalogue: ACE VOLUME I
Works: JPM 001–032
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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. This volume was revised and corrected in 2016.

Mohapeloa Critical Edition, Volume Ia (with tonic solfa) revised 2016

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 revised 2016

Catalogue: ACE VOLUME Ia
Works: JPM 001–032
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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. This volume was revised and corrected in 2016.

Mohapeloa Critical Edition, Volume II revised 2016

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) revised 2016

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. This volume was revised and corrected in 2016.

Mohapeloa Critical Edition, Volume IIa (with tonic solfa) revised 2016

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

Joshua Pulumo Mohapeloa Critical Edition, Volume IIa: Meloli le Lithallere tsa Afrika II (African Songs and Extemporary Harmonizations Book II) with tonic solfa revised 2016

Catalogue: ACE VOLUME IIa
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. This volume was revised and corrected in 2016.

Mohapeloa Critical Edition, Volume III revised 2016

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

Joshua Pulumo Mohapeloa Critical Edition, Volume III: Meloli le Lithallere tsa Afrika III (African Songs and Extemporary Harmonizations Book III) revised 2016

Catalogue: ACE VOLUME III
Works: JPM 065–092
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Mohapeloa’s third book of Meloli - Meloli le Lithallere tsa Afrika (African Songs and Extemporary Harmonizations) Buka ea Boraro (Book Three) appeared in 1947, eight years after Meloli II, five years after Mohapeloa returned from the Reef where he lived and studied from 1939 to 1942, and two years after the end of World War II. This volume was revised and corrected in 2016.

Mohapeloa Critical Edition, Volume IIIa (with tonic solfa) revised 2016

Mohapeloa Critical Edition, Volume IIIa (with tonic solfa)
Composer: Joshua Pulumo Mohapeloa
Title:

Joshua Pulumo Mohapeloa Critical Edition, Volume IIIa: Meloli le Lithallere tsa Afrika III (African Songs and Extemporary Harmonizations Book III) with tonic solfa revised 2016

Catalogue: ACE VOLUME IIIa
Works: JPM 065–097
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Mohapeloa’s third book of Meloli - Meloli le Lithallere tsa Afrika (African Songs and Extemporary Harmonizations) Buka ea Boraro (Book Three) appeared in 1947, eight years after Meloli II, five years after Mohapeloa returned from the Reef where he lived and studied from 1939 to 1942, and two years after the end of World War II. This volume was revised and corrected in 2016.

Mohapeloa Critical Edition, Volume IV revised 2016

Mohapeloa Critical Edition, Volume IV: Khalima-Nosi and Meluluetsa
Composer: Joshua Pulumo Mohapeloa
Title:

Mohapeloa Critical Edition, Volume IV: Khalima-Nosi tsa ’Mino Oa Kajeno: Harnessing Salient Features of Modern African Music and Meluluetsa ea Ntšetso-pele le Bosechaba Lesotho (Anthems for the Development of the Lesotho Nation) revised 2016

Catalogue: ACE VOLUME IV
Works: JPM 093–119
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Volume IV combines two songbooks in one volume: Khalima-Nosi dating from 1951 and Meluluetsa dating from 1976. The 5 songs in the earlier book give voice to an African cosmopolitan, urban modernity while the 22 songs in the later book are more patriotic in tone and quite lengthy, celebrating the national institutions that emerged after Lesotho’s independence from Britain in 1966. This volume was revised and corrected in 2016.

Mohapeloa Critical Edition, Volume IVa (with tonic solfa) revised 2016

Mohapeloa Critical Edition, Volume IVa
Composer: Joshua Pulumo Mohapeloa
Title:

Mohapeloa Critical Edition, Volume IVa: Khalima-Nosi tsa ’Mino Oa Kajeno: Harnessing Salient Features of Modern African Music and Meluluetsa ea Ntšetso-pele le Bosechaba Lesotho (Anthems for the Development of the Lesotho Nation) with tonic solfa revised 2016

Catalogue: ACE VOLUME IVa
Works: JPM 093–119
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Volume IVa combines two songbooks in one volume: Khalima-Nosi dating from 1951 and Meluluetsa dating from 1976, with 5 songs in the earlier book and 22 songs in the later one. These scores of modern African music with a nationalist flavour are in staff notation with tonic solfa added. This volume was revised and corrected in 2016.

Mohapeloa Critical Edition, Volume V revised 2016

Mohapeloa Critical Edition, Volume V
Composer: Joshua Pulumo Mohapeloa
Title:

Mohapeloa Critical Edition, Volume V: Eight Songs from Hosanna: Lipina tsa Kereke (Hosanna: Church Songs) and Bukana ea Lipesaleme (Book of Psalms) revised 2016

Catalogue: ACE VOLUME V
Works: JPM 120–128
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Volume V of the Mohapeloa Critical Edition comprises songs conceived for use in church, that come from two sources. There are 8 Mohapeloa songs from the general song collection Hosanna originally published in 1955, and there are 39 short Lutheran psalm settings made for the African Dutch Reformed Church in the late 1970s, previously unpublished. This volume was revised and corrected in 2016.

Mohapeloa Critical Edition, Volume Va (with tonic solfa) revised 2016

Mohapeloa Critical Edition, Volume Va (with tonic solfa)
Composer: Joshua Pulumo Mohapeloa
Title:

Mohapeloa Critical Edition, Volume Va: Eight Songs from Hosanna: Lipina tsa Kereke (Hosanna: Church Songs) and Bukana ea Lipesaleme (Book of Psalms) with tonic solfa revised 2016

Catalogue: ACE VOLUME Va
Works: JPM 120–128
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Volume Va comprises music from two sources: 8 church anthems from Hosanna and 39 short psalm settings for the African Dutch Reformed Church brought together as Bukana ea Lipesaleme (Book of Psalms) with tonic solfa. This volume was revised and corrected in 2016.

Mohapeloa Critical Edition, Volume VI revised 2016

Mohapeloa Critical Edition, Volume VI: Miscellaneous Works
Composer: Joshua Pulumo Mohapeloa
Title:

Mohapeloa Critical Edition, Volume VI: Miscellaneous Published and Unpublished Works revised 2016

Catalogue: ACE VOLUME VI
Works: JPM 129–145
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Volume VI of the Mohapeloa Critical Edition contains miscellaneous works published at various times in the composer's life or previously unpublished, the manuscript works dating mostly from his later years. This volume was revised and corrected in 2016.

Mohapeloa Critical Edition, Volume VIa (with tonic solfa) revised 2016

Mohapeloa Critical Edition, Volume VIa: Miscellaneous Works (with solfa)
Composer: Joshua Pulumo Mohapeloa
Title:

Mohapeloa Critical Edition, Volume VIa: Miscellaneous Published and Unpublished Works (with tonic solfa) revised 2016

Catalogue: ACE VOLUME VIa
Works: JPM 129–145
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The last volume of the set, containing 16 miscellaneous works written at different periods of Mohapeloa's life, some previously published, some not. This volume was revised and corrected in 2016.

Joshua Pulumo Mohapeloa Critical Edition 2016

Joshua Pulumo Mohapeloa Critical Edition in Six Volumes 2016
Composer: Joshua Pulumo Mohapeloa
Title:

Joshua Pulumo Mohapeloa Critical Edition in Six Volumes, revised edition 2016

Catalogue: ACE COMPLETE
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Joshua Pulumo Mohapeloa Critical Edition in Six Volumes (ISMN 979-0-804003-89-5) was first launched in 2015 and was completely revised in 2016 both on this site and as a CD-Rom for publication in SAMUS: South African Music Studies, journal of the South African Society for Research in Music (SASRIM). It comprises 145 scores in pdf, covering 182 unaccompanied short choral works and 1 piano work by Sotho composer Joshua Pulumo Mohapeloa. All his works are available for download as individual songs or in volumes. All of them are available in staff notation only (Vols I-VI) or in staff notation with tonic solfa notation added (Vols Ia-VIa). View samples below, or go to the SALES page to view and buy. The CD African Choral Legacy: Historic Recordings of Joshua Pulumo Mohapeloa (2013) is also available for sale as an album or as individual tracks, on the SALES page, and provides an important accompaniment to the scores in this 2016 edition.