Morena Tlake

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Morena Tlake was written in the 1960s and is a dramatic narrative in which the crows ask ‘king vulture’ to come and open up a dead carcass whose skin is too tough, so that they can eat it, and is probably a political allegory. The music uses sustained notes, rapid repeated motifs, vocal hocketing, and a text in which words ‘morena tlake’ are uttered countless times. Unusually for Moerane, but in the spirit of protest that the song encapsulates, he quotes from the African anthem, Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika, at the end.