Manka Le Phallang – Mokhosi

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.


Side 1
Koko Inama
Ngoka Kenna Feela


Side 2
Linyane La Tau
Tlo Hella Batho
E Tang Taba


Join the discussion and tell us your opinion.

Brian Shimkovitzreply
April 1, 2012 at 12:19 pm

ps- April Fool’s.

April 1, 2012 at 12:19 pm

Haha! Funny :)

April 1, 2012 at 4:40 pm

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

April 16, 2012 at 12:45 am

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

Brian Shimkovitzreply
April 16, 2012 at 1:39 am

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

April 17, 2012 at 7:13 pm

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.

Timmy Mcreply
June 1, 2012 at 2:58 pm

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.

August 6, 2012 at 4:22 pm

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?

January 15, 2016 at 8:01 am

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

makhabane tolireply
September 30, 2016 at 1:16 am

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

makhabane tolireply
September 30, 2016 at 1:17 am

Ya Ilike it

June 8, 2017 at 6:17 am

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.

November 21, 2017 at 4:16 am

thanks for this I love

Sabata khahlelireply
October 26, 2018 at 4:03 am

U music is fine l like to have all copies.

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