Hoja Ke Nonyana(If I Were A Bird)
The lyrics of this song draw mainly on the imagery of earth, sea, sky, sun, and clouds. Especially powerful is the metaphor of the setting sun as a nesting bird, which the narrator imagines finding after flying far enough to see where the sun sets. The music wings us on this long, strange journey of discovery, beginning in a slow and dignified way and gathering speed and excitement as it goes along. Moerane attributes authorship to Bennett Makalo Khaketla although on both pages of the typescript, the initials before ‘Khaketla’ are partially erased, which raises the possibility that the poem might be by Khaketla's wife, ’Masechele Caroline Ntseliseng, who in fact wrote far more poetry than her husband. The spoken Sesotho lyrics are downloadable along with the score when it is purchased, to assist with pronunciation.
Hoja Ke Nonyana audio sample (piano) Audio