fre o (satb)
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.