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

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
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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.

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 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
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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.

Mohapeloa Critical Edition, Volume IIa (with tonic solfa)

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

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.

Mohapeloa Critical Edition, Volume III

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)

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.

Mohapeloa Critical Edition, Volume IIIa (with tonic solfa)

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

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.

Mohapeloa Critical Edition, Volume IV

Mohapeloa Critical Edition, Volume IV
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)

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. 

Mohapeloa Critical Edition, Volume IVa (with tonic solfa)

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

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.

Mohapeloa Critical Edition, Volume V

Mohapeloa Critical Edition, Volume V: Eight Songs from Hosanna: Lipina tsa Kerek
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)

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.

Mohapeloa Critical Edition, Volume Va (with tonic solfa)

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

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

Mohapeloa Critical Edition, Volume VI

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

Mohapeloa Critical Edition, Volume VI: Miscellaneous Published and Unpublished Works

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.

Mohapeloa Critical Edition, Volume VIa (with tonic solfa)

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)

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.

The Complete Mohapeloa Critical Edition

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

Joshua Pulumo Mohapeloa Critical Edition in Six Volumes

Catalogue: ACE COMPLETE
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Joshua Pulumo Mohapeloa Critical Edition in Six Volumes (ISMN 979-0-804003-89-5) comprises 182 unaccompanied short choral works and 1 piano work by Joshua Pulumo Mohapeloa, for sale and download in pdf complete, by volume, or by individual song. (Morija Sesuto Book Depot, P.O. Box 4, Morija 190, Lesotho, sells Mohapeloa's original tonic solfa books, which are not for sale on this site.) For the launch of the new Critical Edition in May 2015 a limited edition CD-Rom was published (contact books [at] clarkesbooks [dot] co [dot] za). View samples below or go to the SALES page to view and buy.