Lesotho, Tsiketsi sa Tlotla ea Afrika

(Lesotho Independence Song)

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SA(A)TB

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JPM102





Mohapeloa must have composed Lesotho, Tsiketsi sa Tlotla ea Afrika before October 1966 because verse 1 first was sung on 4 October 1966 at Lesotho’s Independence Day celebrations and verse 1 of the text appeared in print in the souvenir programme. The score was published with an additional verse in Cape Town in 1976 as song No. 5 of 25 in Meluluetsa ea Ntšetso-pele le Bosechaba Lesotho (Anthems for the Development of the Lesotho Nation). At its first performance, writes an anonymous author in the Maseru (Lesotho) newspaper The Echo on 5 October 1973, Lesotho, Tsiketsi sa Tlotla ea Afrika “was sung at 1 minute past twelve in the morning on October 4th, while the Union Jack was being lowered and the Lesotho Flag raised at the Pitso Ground”. It was republished with an additional verse in Cape Town in 1976 as song No. 5 of 25 in Meluluetsa ea Ntšetso-pele le Bosechaba Lesotho (Anthems for the Development of the Lesotho Nation). Mohapeloa surely intended Lesotho, Tsiketsi sa Tlotla ea Afrika to be taken up as the new national anthem of Lesotho, but it did not replace the colonial anthem, Lesotho Fatše La R┼Źna (Our Country Lesotho).


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