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U Ea Kae?

U Ea Kae? is a farmer's song, sung by people on their way to thresh corn, and was first published in 1935. It is set in Taung, a district in the middle of Mohapeloa's home country, Lesotho, that is home to the his own clan, the BaTaung. This large Sotho clan embraces smaller clans such as the Moletsanes (also mentioned in the song) and the Mohapeloas. ‘Tau’ (‘lion’) is the totem animal of BaTaung. The second section is based on a Sotho threshing song and the first was composed by Mohapeloa to fit the second. The Soprano melody is pentatonic throughout.



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