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Lehlomela la Thesele le Letle-letle

Lehlomela la Thesele le Letle-letle was written for Constantinus Bereng Seeiso, who was proclaimed King Moshoeshoe II in March 1960 and his wife Khosatsana Tabitha ’Masentle Lerotholi Mojela, on the announcement of their marriage. The King’s marriage to Khosatsana may have been the pretext for the song but it is as much a praise song for the King himself and for all that his royal presence symbolised to the new country, Lesotho, as it grew out of the old protectorate, Basutoland; hence the metaphor of the ‘sprout’ (lehlomela), which is translated here as ‘shoot’. Thesele is a traditional name for the country, Lesotho, often used in connection with the royal family.



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