It commemorates the protests in South Africa by African women against the introduction of Pass Laws for women in 1955. It has a lengthy introduction and includes the African anthem, "N'Kosi Sikelel'i", which the men sing while the women sing in counterpoint the words, "No Pass". John Jordan notes that the solo is a lullaby, but full of meaning and somewhat prophetic, "But tomorrow the sun will rise". Finally the chorus again and eventually "O se booloooke" is also heard, later to be combined with "N'Kosi Sikel'i" and the "Africa is My Name" theme in some magnificent three part counterpoint, then counterpoint in four parts. This is truly inspired music and words. Alan Bush was given honorary membership of the ANC, partly in recognition of works such as this one, which he wrote to honour the struggle of the African people. The text is by Nancy Bush.