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Informed by the functionalist perspective, the study analyzes the Basotho accordion music over the period 1980 – 2005.
Of particular importance are the various themes addressed by the verbal text that comes up in the music.
Specifically, the study analyzes the language used in the composition of the songs accompanying the Basotho accordion music; the rationale behind the use of such language.
The study also looks at the status of the composers or artists of the music as well as the role of their music among Basotho; and last, it looks at the reception of the Basotho accordion music by Basotho.
The findings of the study on the issues investigated are that, Basotho accordion music promotes or helps in the aesthetics of the Sesotho language; that it is a reservoir of rich language.
The recurring themes in the music range from social, political and economic issues.
The music forges patriotism among Basotho by promoting customs, norms and values of the nation.
The study concludes that Basotho accordion music is part of the oral traditional music of Basotho since it retains some features of oral traditional music.
Lehlohonolo Phafoli is a Deputy-Dean and a Senior lecturer at the National University of Lesotho He holds B.A.
ED from the National University of Lesotho.
He obtained B.A.
Honours and M.A.
in African Languages and Literature from the University of Witwatersrand.
He enrolled for Ph.D with University of Free State and graduated in 2010.
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