In Lebili Moerane draws on a a poem by Lesotho writer Bennett Khaketla (1913-2000), which might have come from one of his Sesotho storybooks. There is no information available, however, about when or where the song was written. The mood of the music is sad and resigned, reflecting the fatalistic tone of a poem that laments the rise and fall of one’s fortunes in love. In order to help choirs learn this song, a free mp3 of the lyrics spoken by Mpho Ndebele is downloadable when the song is purchased along with a rehearsal mp3 of the song at a slow tempo.
The audio sample below was generated from the Sibelius file of the score and the image on the right shows the first page of the score.