Music of Lesotho [sound recording] : circumcision songs / recorded, annotated, and edited by Bill Wood.

[Washington, DC] : Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, [1998 or 1999]
1 sound disc (45 min.) : digital ; 4³/₄ in.


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Library of Congress genre(s)
Custom compact disc series [More in this series]
  • Smithsonian Folkways Recordings: FE 4224 (on container spine: F-4224)
  • Compact disc.
Time and place of event
Field recordings made at Roulin Secondary School, Mafeting District, Lesotho, between 1972 and 1975.
Language note
Sung in Sotho.
  • Lekoa e khele banna = Hey, in the Valle, you men
  • Tsoana li Malente = They are carrying Malente
  • Marashea
  • Bona maseiboko = Bona mase boko = Look at the goats
  • Oa cho Sekubethe = You say Sekubethe
  • Hae nkong tsa malimo = Hey, under the cannibal's noses
  • He shebang koana = Hey, look the other way
  • Linokana = Streams
  • Semonkoula
  • Train journey to the Republic of South Africa
  • E thata = Fierce one, A
  • Khoba = Dance song
  • Ico ka cha = Hey, I'm burning
  • Abuti Jesefa o rekile koloi = Brother Joseph has bought a
  • Holy mama
  • Etang nonyana e tsoang khekulo = Bird has come from afar
  • Ntoa hae e loana ke mosebetsi = Fighting a war is hard work
  • Machine o teng = There is a machine
  • Ntate Wood re tla sala le mang = Mr. Wood, with whom will we
  • Leha ka bua, leha le ka suma = Even if you talk or mock us
  • Hee ea tla sala = Hee, the one who will remain here.
Other title(s)
Circumcision songs
Publisher no.
  • FE 4224
  • F-4224
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