Alina is a warning to a teenage girl to ‘beware of men’, and although we don't know when Moerane composed it, the message of anxiety it expresses, at length, about a girl falling prey to ‘Mr Bigmouth’ or ‘Smooth-talker’ is timeless. Judging from the reference to streams and valleys, the likely setting of the song is rural Lesotho, where Moerane lived during the last twenty years of his life, and perhaps this offers a clue to when the work was written. The music of this long and elaborate song is full of Romantic harmonies, rising sequences, and lyrical, flowing melodic lines that express both the family's anxiety and the seductive forces of youthful love. 'Khale, O! khale, Re lla re ntse re memetsa!' - We've been calling for you for ages! - so sing the desperate parents, 'Haufi le hole' - All over the place! ... And just in case choirs are anxious about how to pronounce the Sesotho lyrics of this gorgeous song: be assured that a free mp3 of the spoken lyrics is included when a purchase is made.
Alina audio sample (piano) Audio