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Na Le ’Na?

Na Le ’Na? was published in Morija, Lesotho in 1955 as song No. 24 of 29 songs in Hosanna: Lipina tsa Kereke (Hosanna: Church Songs), anthems intended to celebrate the major Christian festivals. Mohapeloa’s eight songs in Hosanna are longer and musically more complex than most of the others, more suited to a church choir than to congregational singing. With its repeated and somewhat developed motifs, Na Le ’Na? shows a profound understanding of the structure and style of Western church music. Yet at the same time its modality in some places (using the flattened 7th degree of the scale) and its call-and-response opening, recall the African folk music that Mohapeloa grew up with. This is the only song in Hosanna that has a brief solo part, and it is one of Mohapeloa’s most heartfelt songs.

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