Barali Ba Jerusalema(Daughters Of Jerusalem)
Moerane adapted verses from the Old Testament 'Song of Songs', for this mellifluous, chromatic choral setting. In Lesotho, Barali Ba Jerusalema has been known since 1968 or 1969 when it was first prescribed as a competition piece for school choirs. In South Africa, the score was discovered in the Library of the royalty agency, the Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO) in the late 1990s, although it must have been there all along, together with many other scores by Moerane, who was a SAMRO member. The music of Barali wonderfully exploits the powerful hidden meanings embedded in the lyrics, in phrases such as, 'I am black but beautiful'. An MP3 of the spoken lyrics comes with the score on purchase, as a free download, to help choirs with pronunciation of the Sesotho language.
Barali Ba Jerusalema audio sample (piano) Audio