Margaret Allison Bonds was an African American composer, pianist and musical director. She collaborated with the poet Langston Hughes on cantatas, musicals and song cycles. She studied Composition at Juilliard after earning her B.A. and M.A. at Northwestern Unviersity. "Troubled Water" is probably her most famous work and is based on the spiritual "Wade in the Water". Bonds won the Wanamaker Prize in 1932 for her song "Sea Ghost". Her works include the musical "Shakespeare in Harlem" and the cantata "Ballade of the Brown King".