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Thesele e Mocha

Thesele e Mocha extends the idea of an independent nation arising in the aftermath of WWII that is suggested in the previous song, Lesotho, by invoking the nineteenth-century founder of the Basotho nation, King Moshoeshoe I to help build the ‘new nation’. Moshoeshoe was a powerful historical force during his lifetime and remains a symbol of a strong nation. His legendary wisdom and diplomacy in the face of great difficulties. He had various clan names, one of the most important of which was Thesele, a name that became synonymous with the country itself. In 1947 when this song was published, many nations re-examined themselves, questioned where they come from and where they were going. This included reaffirming the importance of their founding father. Evoking the cultural values embedded in his clan names and totem animals was one way of expressing this in song.



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