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Seho se Llile

Mohapeloa wrote Seho se Llile in the 1940s, publishing it in Morija in 1947 as the first of 28 songs in Meloli le Lithallere tsa Afrika ka J.P. Mohapeloa: Buka ea Boraro [African Songs and Extemporary Harmonizations by J.P. Mohapeloa: Book III]. Mohapeloa continued numbering songs in Meloli III - his third songbook - from where his previous book, Meloli II ended; thus Seho se Llile is song No. 65 in Meloli III, not No. 1. Like so many songs in this third volume, collected together and published in 1947 after World War II, this one resonates with ideas of historic change and the survival of Lesotho in a new form. It reminds us that Basutoland sent troops to fight during WWII, largely in support roles, to defeat the enemies of its colonial master, Britain - to help defend Britain in other words. This experience only fuelled Basutoland’s readiness to fight for its own independence.

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