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Mohapeloa wrote ’Maborokoane in the 1930s, publishing it in Morija in 1939 as the twenty-sixth of 32 songs in Meloli le Lithallere tsa Afrika ka J.P. Mohapeloa: Buka ea Bobeli [African Songs and Extemporary Harmonizations by J.P. Mohapeloa: Book II]. Mohapeloa continued numbering songs in Meloli II - his second songbook - from where his previous book, Meloli I ended; thus ’Maborokoane is song No. 58 in Meloli II, not No. 26. This song parallels Molepe (Widow Bird), which immediately follows it in Meloli II, for both songs are about common birds found in the fields and among the reeds in the Lesotho countryside. It also recalls the singing of the bird that features in the first song in Meloli II, ‘Leeba’ (The Dove). The sound of birds haunts Mohapeloa’s output during his early years, reminding us of how close he was to nature.



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