In this hymn-like song, Moerane adapts a poem by Lesotho writer Bennett Khaketla (1913-2000) which describes the way light creeps into the deep valleys and gorges (likhohlo) that are created by Lesotho’s towering mountain range, the Maluti. The ‘easterly wind’ and the ‘dew settled like diamonds’ suggests sunrise rather than sunset, and perhaps summer rather than winter. Clearly, the poem is not just about gorges but also about the beauty of nature at this time of the day, when 'the birdsong is simply breath-taking’ (kahohle linonyana li omisa mathe).As if anticipating the reverence of the last line, the music is gentle, regular in phrasing, and uses simple diatonic harmonies. The spoken lyrics are available on mp3 with the purchase of the song, to help with pronunciation of the Sesotho language.
Likhohlo audio sample (piano) Audio