In this article I will first give a short introduction on the social dynamics and the observance of the rain
cult amongst the Lobedu people, who form part of the Northern Sotho branch of the Bantu-speaking
peoples of southern Africa. Examples of rain songs that I recorded at the tribal capital of the Lobedu rain
queen, Modjadji, will then be discussed. The focus of my discussion in the second part will be on (a) the
pre-text, reflecting on the circumstances and background surrounding the performance of rain songs;
(b) the main text, namely the transcription of the sung words or verbal utterances of the songs; and (c)
the interpretative-text that will encapsulate the composition and literary interpretation of the transcribed
performed rain songs.