Seeiso No. 16 Tsoana Mantata – “Selemela” – [Bellstar Music]
It took a lot of digging to find that the musician featured here is Mokete Chakela of Lesotho, Southern Africa. I have no idea what the songs are about, but they are jolly sounding and at times reminiscent of Cajun music, but that is due to the ever-present accordion, which, along with a drum, occasional bass, and constant singing, constitutes the famo genre of music.
Track 14 is the only one including female vocals. Chakela likes to make political statements, so perhaps that is what these tunes are about. My son told me he will never hear an accordion again without thinking of listening to this CD.