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Kolliana - the title can be a boy’s or girl’s name - was composed in the early 1930s and first published in tonic solfa notation in 1935, as song No. 3 in Meloli le Lithallere tsa Afrika I. Written for SSATB, second Soprano becomes first Alto in bars 5-12, then reverts to second Sop. The Bass covers a wide register, with frequent low notes such as C two octaves below Middle C, echoing style of traditional Sotho mohobelo songs. Relentless syncopations throughout the song recall jazz/dance styles of the late 1920s, and the writing is multi-layered, with voices often crossing.



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