Ntsoaki

Catalogue no:

979-0-804007-67-1

Scoring:

The word ‘ntsoaki’ in Sotho culture refers to the birth of a girl after several boys, and means 'one who mixes'. It can also be used as a proper name, 'Ntsoaki'. In this song, Moerane set verses 1 and 2 of a poem by Sesotho poet ’Mabasiea Jeannette Mahalefele that was published in 1971, and so the song might date from the early 1970s. Only 22 bars long, it is in a flowing 5/4 metre and beautifully exploits and blends the lower registers of the three voices.