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Moerane composed Matlala while he was teaching in Lesotho and it was immediately successful in that country, because it is one of his most 'traditional' sounding, and because it relates to the custom of appeasing the ancestors by offering them 'choice cuts of meat' at a feast. On a metaphorical level, it is about the way deeds come back to haunt you, about atonement. It is an immensely powerful, exciting song, during which the Altos are divisi for a while, greatly enriching the texture.