Volume 3

Meloli le Lithallere tsa Afrika III (African Songs and Extemporary Harmonizations Book III)

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. The publisher of the first two books, Morija Sesuto Book Depot (MSBD) in Morija, also brought out Meloli III, and it was reprinted four times: in 1966 (1st reprint); 1977 (2nd); 1983 (3rd); and 1988 (4th), the last two after the composer’s death in 1982. None of these was called a ‘second edition’ and the differences between printings are minimal. All idiosyncracies or variants are noted in the critical commentary at the end of each song. Mohapeloa’s approach to choral music is different in his third book: many songs are longer or structurally a little more complex than his previous songs, they are often more rhetorical in style, and they rely less obviously on the traditional music that had infused the first two Meloli books, especially Meloli I. The influences of popular music, jazz and some western idioms are more evident, and along with the spiritual mood that runs throughout Mohapeloas work there is a new tone of urgency in Meloli III about Lesotho’s deepening political crisis. For these were the years of struggle that led eventually to Lesotho’s independence, and there was also a political crisis boiling up all around Lesotho in neighbouring South Africa during the late 1940s that led to a new government there in 1948 and soon afterwards the onset of apartheid. The 28 songs in Volume III, originally written in tonic solfa notation and without texts translated (because they were written for Sesotho speakers) are newly transcribed into staff notation here, and are presented together with translations, notes, and commentaries. In some cases, Mohapeloa’s translations were found. The works are numbered JPM065 to JPM092 for the composer’s catalogue and ACE129, 131, 133, etc. to ACE183 (odd numbers) for the publisher’s catalogue for Vol. III. Vol. IIIa presents the same songs and critical apparatus as Vol. III, but tonic solfa notation is added to the staves and even nos. are used for the publisher’s catalogue, ACE130-184, with new ISMNs assigned to the works in Vol IIIa as they are effectively different scores.

Works in this volume

    Seho se Llile (The Alarm has Sounded)

    SATB – JPM 065 – ACE 129

    Vocal score - staff notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-28-7

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    Vocal score - dual notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-29-4

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    Nonyana Se-nya-mafi (The Prattler)

    S(S)AT(T)B – JPM 066 – ACE 131

    Vocal score - staff notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-30-0

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    Vocal score - dual notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-31-7

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    Hlahlasolle (The Roamer)

    SATB – JPM 067 – ACE 133

    Vocal score - staff notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-32-4

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    Vocal score - dual notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-33-1

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    Linoto (Hammers)

    SAT(AT)B – JPM 068 – ACE 135

    Vocal score - staff notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-34-8

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    Vocal score - dual notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-35-5

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    Tholo ea Phera (The Kudu Bull)

    SA(A)TB – JPM 069 – ACE 137

    Vocal score - staff notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-36-2

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    Vocal score - dual notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-37-9

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    Molako-lako (The Wanderer)

    SAT(T)B – JPM 070 – ACE 139

    Vocal score - staff notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-38-6

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    Vocal score - dual notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-39-3

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    Mohahlaula (The Traveller)

    SATB – JPM 071 – ACE 141

    Vocal score - staff notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-40-9

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    Setsokotsane (The Whirlwind)

    SATB – JPM 072 – ACE 143

    Vocal score - staff notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-42-3

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    Vocal score - dual notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-43-0

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    Lesotho (Lesotho)

    SATB – JPM 073 – ACE 145

    Vocal score - staff notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-44-7

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    Vocal score - dual notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-45-4

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    Thesele e Mocha (The New Thesele)

    SATB – JPM 074 – ACE 147

    Vocal score - staff notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-46-1

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    Vocal score - dual notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-47-8

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    Mokhosi oa Afrika (The Alarm of Africa)

    SATB – JPM 075 – ACE 149

    Vocal score - staff notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-48-5

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    Vocal score - dual notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-49-2

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    Tsohang Maafrika (Rise Up, Africans)

    SATB – JPM 076 – ACE 151

    Vocal score - staff notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-50-8

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    Vocal score - dual notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-51-5

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    The Gay Night Birds (Subtitled - ‘A Suggestive Title’)

    SATB – JPM 077 – ACE 153

    Vocal score - staff notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-52-2

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    Vocal score - dual notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-53-9

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    Tumeliso (Salutations)

    SATB – JPM 078 – ACE 155

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    Tsatsi la Thabo (Day of Joy)

    SATB – JPM 079 – ACE 157

    Vocal score - staff notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-56-0

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    Vocal score - dual notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-57-7

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    Kolo Sena (Our School)

    SATB – JPM 080 – ACE 159

    Vocal score - staff notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-58-4

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    Vocal score - dual notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-59-1

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    Serumula (The Torch)

    SATB – JPM 081 – ACE 161

    Vocal score - staff notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-60-7

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    Vocal score - dual notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-61-4

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    Moea oa Leboea (The North Wind)

    SATB – JPM 082 – ACE 163

    Vocal score - staff notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-62-1

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    Vocal score - dual notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-63-8

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    Tšaba-tšaba (Tšaba-tšaba Dance)

    SATB – JPM 083 – ACE 165

    Vocal score - staff notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-64-5

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    Vocal score - dual notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-93-5

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    Potang (The Board Game)

    SATB – JPM 084 – ACE 167

    Vocal score - staff notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-66-9

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    Vocal score - dual notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-67-6

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    Phokojoe e Khoaba (Black-backed Jackal)

    SATB – JPM 085 – ACE 169

    Vocal score - staff notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-68-3

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    Vocal score - dual notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-69-0

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    Seilatsatsi (Seilatsatsi)

    SATB – JPM 086 – ACE 171

    Vocal score - staff notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-70-6

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    Vocal score - dual notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-71-3

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    Liba sa Borata (The Well of Borata)

    SATB – JPM 087 – ACE 173

    Vocal score - staff notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-72-0

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    Vocal score - dual notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-73-7

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    Tlong, Thaka (Come, Friends)

    SATB – JPM 088 – ACE 175

    Vocal score - staff notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-74-4

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    Vocal score - dual notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-75-1

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    ’Mōpi oa Lefatše (Creator of Earth)

    SATB – JPM 089 – ACE 177

    Vocal score - staff notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-76-8

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    Vocal score - dual notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-77-5

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    Lefatše le Letle (The Beautiful Land)

    SATB – JPM 090 – ACE 179

    Vocal score - staff notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-78-2

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    Vocal score - dual notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-79-9

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    Le Lekaakang (How Great)

    SATB – JPM 091 – ACE 181

    Vocal score - staff notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-80-5

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    Vocal score - dual notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-81-2

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    Thoko ea Tlhōlo (Praise of Man’s Victory Over Ignorance)

    SATB – JPM 092 – ACE 183

    Vocal score - staff notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-82-9

    $0.99

    Vocal score - dual notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-83-6

    $0.99