By untangling the deep language used by the band in this first album, the book offers a fresh perspective on one of the most underrated and under-appreciated music icons of the continent.
Sankomota: An Ode in One Album, by Phehello J Mofokeng
Sankomota: An Ode in One Album – A Reflective Essay is the result of many years of research and obsession about the music and band of Sankomota. The book is a slim offering that offers insights into the first album ever recorded in Lesotho, Sankomota by the band Sankomota. Recorded in 1983, this album became an instant classic. Mofokeng’s essay touches on mythology, performance, language and politics of this important band that was at the frontier of anti-apartheid and freedom music. He paints a broad image of the musical landscape of the time and unveil the musical obsessions of Sankomota. An Ode in One Album analyses the first album of Sankomota, a body of work that Mofokeng calls “seminal” and a “classic”. The book sets aside a few wrong assumptions about Sankomota.