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Music of Lesotho

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Music of Lesotho

Music of Lesotho is a compilation by Bill Wood from recordings made between 1972 and 1975, when Wood was teaching at a secondary school in the Mafeteng District of Lesotho. The music in this recording excludes religious and choral music in favor of the traditional repertoire of the Basotho people. Wood observes that, while traditional culture is very strong, “new songs in traditional style are being composed all the time.” The male students at the school where Wood taught perform, and selections cover a range of styles and subjects (initiation, dance and game songs, improvised poetry, and more). Liner notes include lyrics in Sesotho (one of Lesotho’s two official languages), English translations, photos, information about Lesotho’s history and culture, as well as Wood’s personal reflections on his experience recording the album.

Track Listing

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Lekoa e khele banna - Hey, in the Valle, You Men Joseph Mojalefa Manare 2:25
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102
Tsoana li malente - They Are Carrying Malente Male singers 2:48
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103
Marashea Bernard Nteka 1:53
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104
Bona Maseiboko - Bona Mase Boko - Look at the Goats Francis Lesako 2:12
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105
Oa cho sekubethe - You Say Sekubethe Albert Makutoane 3:16
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106
Hae nkong tsa malimo - Hey, Under the Cannibal's Noses Albert Makutoane 2:12
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107
He shebang koana - Hey, Look the Other Way Francis Lesako 2:48
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108
Linokana - Streams Bernard Nteka 2:18
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109
Semonkoula Francis Lesako 3:42
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201
Train Journey to the Republic of south Africa Francis Lesako and John Maele 4:57
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202
A E thata - Fierce One Seth Sello 1:04
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203
Khoba - Dance Song Augustina Mokhosoa 1:42
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204
Ieo ka cha - Hey, I'm Burning Pulane Ramakoloi, Anna Ntebele, and Augustina Mokhosoa 1:52
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205
Abuti Jesefa o rekile koloi - Brother Joseph Has Bought a Car Agnes Lekeno and Ignatia Ngoae 1:17
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206
Holy Mama Augustina Mokhosoa 1:13
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207
Etang nonyana e tsoang khekulo - The Bird Has Come from Afar Francis Foso and Francis Ramoholi 1:28
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208
Ntoa hae e loana ke mosebetsi - Fighting a War Is Hard Work Lerotholi Psoli 1:22
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209
Machine o teng - There Is a Machine Kenneth Rannyama 1:58
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210
Ntate Wood re tla sala le mang - Mr. Wood, with Whom Will We Be Left? Francis Lesako 1:28
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211
Leha ka bua, leha le ka soma - Even if You Talk or Mock Us Joseph Mojalefa Manare 0:56
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212
Hee ea tla sala - Hee, the One Who Will Remain Here Kenneth Rannyama 2:08
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