Chao

(Chao Dance)

R39.00

ISMN
979-0-804001-88-4;979-0-804001-89-1
Notation
Dual notation (staff & tonic solfa), Staff notation
Scoring
choir SAATB
Edition
Joshua Pulumo Mohapeloa Critical Edition
Category

Mohapeloa wrote ‘Chao’ in the 1930s. The text and the music tell two slightly different stories: the text refers to a traditional dance style in which everyone joins in – even the ancestors’ presence is invoked. But ‘Chao’ is not the name of a traditional dance, and the musical style is modern, almost hinting at a Basotho township style called famo, in which stamping, a strong beat, whistles, and a concertina or accordion accompany singing and dancing. Mohapeloa’s brother recalls that when his songs first came out in the 1930s, he “was encouraged by the way people enjoyed his music. But there were people who were asking themselves whether these were songs: are they not dance songs. Some criticized them”.

Audio

Type:
Studio Recording
Performers:
Morija Training College Male Choir, conductor not specified. Original date of recording December 1937, Gallo Studios. Mastered and reissued by ACE on CD in 2014.
Location:
Johannesburg
Source:
African Choral Legacy - Historic Recordings of J.P. Mohapeloa Track 3
Publisher:
African Composers Edition
Date:
2014