Sekolo Se Koetsoe
Sekolo Se Koetsoe begins as a jaunty operetta chorus in the style of a gavotte, and seems to be about the excitement of the last day of school before the holidays. Gradually, however, it hints at leaving school forever and going out into the world, as the imagery moves from the local to the global and from close to home, to far away from home. The song is a metaphor for the experience of life in all its complexity, and the music matches this journey of discovery as it unfolds, without ever losing its charm. It is not a song about the joys of school, in other words, like Moerane’s Liphala, but a reminder of the serious responsibilities that lie ahead when you leave. In order to help choirs learn this song, a free mp3 of the lyrics spoken by Mpho Ndebele is downloadable when the song is purchased along with a rehearsal mp3 of the song at a slow tempo.
The audio sample below was generated from the Sibelius file of the score and the image on the right shows the first page of the score.