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Moea oa Leboea (The North wind)

Moea oa Leboea is is one of many songs about the violent affect of nature on the tiny mountain kingdom of Lesotho and the importance of seasonal change on a rural economy. Rain is always a blessing: the three words on the Lesotho coat of arms are ‘khotso, pula, nala!’ (peace, rain, plenty), for Lesotho is a country where the winters are harsh and long, and drought can strike for years. The first rains usually come to Lesotho in December and renew the land for crops and animals. The song is addressed to the north wind that brings this new hope, thrashing the Maluti mountains and villages as it comes.



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