Khati

Catalogue no:

979-0-804007-41-1

Scoring:

The lyrics by Lesotho poet Bennett Khaketla (1913-2000) describe a skipping rope made from the Cape tulip, a ubiquitous plant that goes by the Sesotho name, ‘teele’. The reed-like part is used to weave many things, in this case a skipping rope, and both the rope and the game associated with it are called ‘khathi’. It has an infectious melodic line, and is full of syncopations and contrapuntal movement. One can imagine it making a perfect action song for children, or a wonderful entertainment song at concerts, especially when sung by very few voices. The ending is like a ‘chorus’, with some voices humming and others singing.