06 March 2014

Retired Sotho writer continues to inspire

Although he had announced his retirement from writing last year putting sad faces on those who love his work, the renowned Sotho author Kgotso Pieter David Maphalla, 59, seems to be struggling to distance himself from his passion for writing.

Maphalla, who has more than 45 books published and is well known for his novel entitled, Kabelwamanong, which he does not see as his personal favourite among his collections, has yet again added another one to his collections.

Titled Sesotho se teng – Sesotho language still exists, the book is one of his many used as setwork literature in high schools. Others are Nnakemang? – a novel, ThouTseo – a novel, Makgaolakgang – poetry, Tahleho – drama and Kgorula – poetry.

Retired Sotho writer continues to inspire

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01 March 2014

Interview with Sotho Sounds

While Fred is back in the U.S. of A, he’s spiritually still in Lesotho, so he shares a few more sounds, memories, and a killer interview he got with a local band while in the “Magic Mountain Kingdom.”

The band Sotho Sounds consists of local herdsboys who grew up tending cattle, sheep, and goats, and keeping themselves entertained with an indigenous instrument (the Basotho Violin). These days, the Basotho Violin is made out of an oil can and strung with fishing wire, and if you combine it with a 50-gallon oil can turned drum, you can truly jam!

We talk to the musicians, play some tunes, then spend the second half of the show enjoying FinalRune Productions’s 2010 treatise on humanity’s treatment of nature, The Troll of Stony Brook.


Interview with Sotho Sounds, Malealea, Lesotho Homemade Instruments