Likano tsa Bacha

(The Covenant of Youth)




Composer Catalogue no:

JPM 099

Mohapeloa completed Likano tsa Bacha in 1974, publishing it in Cape Town in 1976 as song No. 2 of 25 in Meluluetsa ea Ntšetso-pele le Bosechaba Lesotho (Anthems for the Development of the Lesotho Nation). It continues the theme of song No. 1, Lesotho ‘M’a Basotho (Lesotho, Mother of the Basotho), where the country’s neglect is deplored, by pledging the youth of the country to restoring the land to its rightful glory and take responsibility for it. Mohapeloa dedicates the whole songbook, Meluluetsa, to the youth of Lesotho, while the underlying motif of development must have been motivated by the United Nations development programme in Lesotho in the mid 1970s.

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