‘Mankholikholi

Catalogue no:

979-0-804007-60-2

Scoring:

‘’Mankholikholi’ is a children's game song. It is the Sesotho name for a bird of prey called the yellow-billed kite, but also the name of a mythical creature, and Moerane has adapted the text from a traditional source. When children in Lesotho lose their milk teeth, they ask ’Mankholikholi to send them strong permanent teeth, and they sometimes ask him to give them unripe sorghum to plant as well, but ’Mankholikholi refuses, because they have no suitable grain basket. The music is full of repetitions and delightful shrieks that clearly reflect the fun of the game, and perhaps also the call of the kite.