I had loved this Langston Hughes poem for a long time and then this bass line came to mind, inspired by a South African Church Chorus I had learned in a workshop. Everything kind of snowballed from there. You enjoy this song as a multi-layered chant (the beginning section of the recording) or as a fuller concert presentation with the middle section. Because of the various options, I’ve presented the score in a variety of ways. When doing the chant section, improvisation is encouraged!