Moshoeshoe, Tsoha (1980 recording)

(Moshoeshoe, Arise)


Catalogue No
JPM 103
choir SATB
Joshua Pulumo Mohapeloa Critical Edition

Mohapeloa must have composed Moshoeshoe, Tsoha before October 1966 because verse 1 was sung on 3 October 1966 at Lesotho’s Independence Day celebrations ‘by a choir about 300 strong amid gentle raindrops while the statue of Moshoeshoe I was being unveiled by His Majesty Moshoeshoe II’. The performance of Verse 1 (of 2) by Itlotliseng Secondary Choir Witzieshoek was recorded by the SABC in 1980. (The conductor is not specified there.) This historic recording was reissued in 2014 by ACE as Track 16 on the CD African Choral Legacy: Historic Recordings of Joshua Pulumo Mohapeloa.