Meloli le Lithallere tsa Afrika III (African Songs and Extemporary Harmonizations Book III)

Mohapeloa’s third book of Meloli - Meloli le Lithallere tsa Afrika (African Songs and Extemporary Harmonizations) Buka ea Boraro (Book Three) appeared in 1947, eight years after Meloli II, five years after Mohapeloa returned from the Reef where he lived and studied from 1939 to 1942, and two years after the end of World War II. The publisher of the first two books, Morija Sesuto Book Depot (MSBD) in Morija, also brought out Meloli III, and it was reprinted four times: in 1966 (1st reprint); 1977 (2nd); 1983 (3rd); and 1988 (4th), the last two after the composer’s death in 1982. None of these was called a ‘second edition’ and the differences between printings are minimal. All idiosyncracies or variants are noted in the critical commentary at the end of each song. Mohapeloa’s approach to choral music is different in his third book: many songs are longer or structurally a little more complex than his previous songs, they are often more rhetorical in style, and they rely less obviously on the traditional music that had infused the first two Meloli books, especially Meloli I. The influences of popular music, jazz and some western idioms are more evident, and along with the spiritual mood that runs throughout Mohapeloas work there is a new tone of urgency in Meloli III about Lesotho’s deepening political crisis. For these were the years of struggle that led eventually to Lesotho’s independence, and there was also a political crisis boiling up all around Lesotho in neighbouring South Africa during the late 1940s that led to a new government there in 1948 and soon afterwards the onset of apartheid. The 28 songs in Volume III, originally written in tonic solfa notation and without texts translated (because they were written for Sesotho speakers) are newly transcribed into staff notation here, and are presented together with translations, notes, and commentaries. In some cases, Mohapeloa’s translations were found. The works are numbered JPM065 to JPM092 for the composer’s catalogue and ACE129, 131, 133, etc. to ACE183 (odd numbers) for the publisher’s catalogue for Vol. III. Vol. IIIa presents the same songs and critical apparatus as Vol. III, but tonic solfa notation is added to the staves and even nos. are used for the publisher’s catalogue, ACE130-184, with new ISMNs assigned to the works in Vol IIIa as they are effectively different scores.

Works in this volume

    Tumeliso (Salutations)

    SATB - - ACE 155

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    Seho se Llile (The Alarm has Sounded)

    SATB - 065 - 129

    Vocal score - staff notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-28-7

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    Vocal score - dual notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-29-4

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    Nonyana Se-nya-mafi (The Prattler)

    S(S)AT(T)B – 066 – 131

    Vocal score - staff notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-30-0

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    Vocal score - dual notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-31-7

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    Hlahlasolle (The Roamer)

    SATB – 067 – 133

    Vocal score - staff notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-32-4

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    Vocal score - dual notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-33-1

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    Linoto (Hammers)

    SAT(AT)B – 068 – 135

    Vocal score - staff notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-34-8

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    Vocal score - dual notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-35-5

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    Tholo ea Phera (The Kudu Bull)

    SA(A)TB – 069 – 137

    Vocal score - staff notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-36-2

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    Vocal score - dual notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-37-9

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    Molako-lako (The Wanderer)

    SAT(T)B – 070 – 139

    Vocal score - staff notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-38-6

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    Vocal score - dual notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-39-3

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    Mohahlaula (The Traveller)

    SATB – 071 – 141

    Vocal score - staff notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-40-9

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    Setsokotsane (The Whirlwind)

    SATB – 072 – 143

    Vocal score - staff notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-42-3

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    Vocal score - dual notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-43-0

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    Lesotho (Lesotho)

    SATB – 073 – 145

    Vocal score - staff notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-44-7

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    Vocal score - dual notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-45-4

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    Thesele e Mocha (The New Thesele)

    SATB – 074 – 147

    Vocal score - staff notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-46-1

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    Vocal score - dual notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-47-8

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    Mokhosi oa Afrika (The Alarm of Africa)

    SATB – 075 – 149

    Vocal score - staff notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-48-5

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    Vocal score - dual notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-49-2

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    Tsohang Maafrika (Rise Up, Africans)

    SATB – 076 – 151

    Vocal score - staff notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-50-8

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    Vocal score - dual notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-51-5

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    The Gay Night Birds (Subtitled - ‘A Suggestive Title’)

    SATB – 077 – 153

    Vocal score - staff notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-52-2

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    Vocal score - dual notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-53-9

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    Tsatsi la Thabo (Day of Joy)

    SATB – 079 – 157

    Vocal score - staff notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-56-0

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    Vocal score - dual notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-57-7

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    Kolo Sena (Our School)

    SATB – 080 – 159

    Vocal score - staff notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-58-4

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    Vocal score - dual notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-59-1

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    Serumula (The Torch)

    SATB – 081 – 161

    Vocal score - staff notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-60-7

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    Vocal score - dual notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-61-4

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    Moea oa Leboea (The North Wind)

    SATB – 082 – 163

    Vocal score - staff notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-62-1

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    Vocal score - dual notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-63-8

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    Tšaba-tšaba (Tšaba-tšaba Dance)

    SATB – 083 – 165

    Vocal score - staff notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-64-5

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    Vocal score - dual notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-93-5

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    Potang (The Board Game)

    SATB – 084 – 167

    Vocal score - staff notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-66-9

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    Vocal score - dual notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-67-6

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    Phokojoe e Khoaba (Black-backed Jackal)

    SATB – 085 – 169

    Vocal score - staff notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-68-3

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    Vocal score - dual notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-69-0

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    Seilatsatsi (Seilatsatsi)

    SATB – 086 – 171

    Vocal score - staff notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-70-6

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    Vocal score - dual notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-71-3

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    Liba sa Borata (The Well of Borata)

    SATB – 087 – 173

    Vocal score - staff notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-72-0

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    Vocal score - dual notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-73-7

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    Tlong, Thaka (Come, Friends)

    SATB – 088 – 175

    Vocal score - staff notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-74-4

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    Vocal score - dual notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-75-1

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    ’Mōpi oa Lefatše (Creator of Earth)

    SATB – 089 – 177

    Vocal score - staff notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-76-8

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    Vocal score - dual notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-77-5

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    Lefatše le Letle (The Beautiful Land)

    SATB – 090 – 179

    Vocal score - staff notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-78-2

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    Vocal score - dual notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-79-9

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    Le Lekaakang (How Great)

    SATB – 091 – 181

    Vocal score - staff notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-80-5

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    Vocal score - dual notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-81-2

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    Thoko ea Tlhōlo (Praise of Man’s Victory Over Ignorance)

    SATB – 092 – 183

    Vocal score - staff notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-82-9

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    Vocal score - dual notation - ISMN 979-0-804002-83-6

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