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The words of ’Mankokotsane are based on a game that Sotho children play out doors when it is raining, the source being 'Setsoto' or 'traditional'. Children say a rhyme as they hop in the rain, which is not so common in drought-prone Lesotho that it interrupts work, especially for farmers, who constitute most of the population. The song begins in a leisurely fashion and then speeds up, its style far from child-like. It has strong melodic lines that rise and fall as different sections of the song succeed each other.