fre o (satb)

Catalog ID: S-327
Translation: o brother
First Line: O brother, you tell us your sickness will not be healed.
Composer: sten kallman
Author: traditional haitian song
Voicing: satb
Solo: S,
Accompaniment: percussion
Language: haitian
Country: haiti
Series: global rhythms choral series
Other: new 2010, GRCS


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The Republic of Haiti was created in 1804 by slaves who revolted against France.  Modern Haitians are descended from generations of intermarriage between a variety of West African nations, with some influence from the French and the Taino Indians.  Haitian cultural life is a rich mix of these influences, and the Voudou religion has become an effective synthesis of Christianity and West African beliefs.

Fre O is an appeal to the Voudou spirits Dambala, the serpent, and Ayida, the rainbow..  Percussion parts are in the octavo, but the piece works equally well a cappella.  

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