Manka Le Phallang – Mokhosi

Side 1
Mokhosi
Lipotsotso
Koko Inama
Limakatso
Ngoka Kenna Feela

Side 2
Linyane La Tau
Tlo Hella Batho
E Tang Taba
Santile
Machache

This 1989 Basotho famo music recording from fascinating land-island-within-South Africa Lesotho oughta set y’all straight for a minute. Accordion and bass heavy. Nice n’ smooth. Add to that high-pitched super-hot (perhaps a bit too hot?) whistling and the real mood of this music shakes out.

Forthcoming Awesome Tapes From Africa release by Bola comes out Tuesday, preorder here or your favorite record shop.

ALSO–Super stoked to let you know Awesome Tapes will be taking an extended hiatus for a 5-month surfing and sailing adventure in Southeast Asia. Be well.



12 responses to “Manka Le Phallang – Mokhosi”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Haha! Funny :)

  2. Anonymous says:

    sheesh, i was thinking “must be nice,” but i was gonna miss all the cool tunes, hahaha!!!!

  3. gypsykat says:

    Mokhosi and Ngaka Kenna are not working files. Not sure what the April Fool’s joke was, but can you repost the bad tracks?

  4. those files seem to work for me…anyone else having problems?

  5. gypsykat says:

    Brian,
    I download those songs twice and each time the files were zero bytes.

    However, I downloaded them successfully yesterday. Just one of the mysteries of the interwebs, I guess.

    Thanks for all great tunes. This is one of my favorite blogs.

  6. Timmy Mc says:

    Absolutely love this tape, some of the best stuff I’ve found on this site, or elsewhere! This is very clearly the kind of music Paul Simon was hearing on his pre-Graceland trip to South Africa.

  7. Anonymous says:

    The man behind Manka… is Chakela: King of famo music. The queen seems to be Puseletso Seema, but I can hardly find any music from her. Anyone a suggestion?

  8. Gasp says:

    Some of the rapid songs really sound like Cap Verdian Funana. Thanks for the uploading.

  9. makhabane toli says:

    I this music so I need to have it in my life

  10. makhabane toli says:

    Ya Ilike it

  11. eli says:

    hi. thank you so much for this, and the site. i have the songs from this album on my computer, but they won’t go on my ipod, and i can’t add album art to the album on itunes. is that from a problem on my end, or something about the files themselves? thanks for yr help.

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