O Ina Ni Keke is a North Sulawesi traditional song written by R. C. Hardjosubroto. This song’s literal meaning was about a mother (“Ina” means mother) who went to Manado city to buy some cakes, but her daughter (“Keke” means daughter) asked for the cakes when it has already finished. Many interprets this song as an unconditional love from a mother to her daughter, but the daughter was too late to realise it.
I wrote this setting for SSAA unaccompanied. I imagined myself in an empty beach, having a nostalgic feeling of what had happened in my childhood. This arrangement should be performed with much expression, but it should sounds light and warm with less vibrato at the same time.
I hope you enjoy.