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1978 is an approximate date, but Liaba must have been written in the last years of Mohapeloa’s life (1908-1982) for it was located in his former office in the National Teacher’s Training College of Lesotho, where he taught in 1978-81 after retiring from Morija Printing Works. There are two very similar songs, Sechaba se Kopanè (JPM140) and Chaba se Kopane! (JPM129), but each version has sufficient differences to make it a different song in this critical edition. Liaba seems to be the last-made, and subtlely praises the composer by using his nickname, ‘Liaba’ (‘Wonders’; pers. comm. Dr Lekhanya) even as the text ostensibly praises Prime Minister Leabua Jonathan. Unlike Chaba and Sechaba, the score of Liaba is headed with a tempo and the words, ‘In seakhi Time’. Only one other song by Mohapeloa has this phrase, Mokhotlong (JPM114, 1972). Next to these words on the ms. of Liaba is a conducting pattern indicating that the song should be conducted as 3+3+2 units in a bar, the meter in which the song is transcribed.

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