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The words of this song, which Moerane anonymously attributes to ‘a Mosotho’ (a person from Lesotho) describe a symbiotic relationship between two very common birds of prey in southern Africa, the rock kestrel and the hawk. The kestrel shares the kill made by the hawk, goes the story, as they sit amicably side-by-side, and the gist of the tale is, ‘You scratch my back, and I’ll scratch yours’. Moerane composed the lighthearted music in contrasting sections that include some interesting chromatic harmonies and quite deliberate dissonances, as if the two old birds were not quite so amicable sharing their perch, and had the odd squawk or two.
Duration 2'32"


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