SONG REVIEW: Asa Bantan – Demonstration(Bouyon 2020)
SONG REVIEW: Asa Bantan – Demonstration(Bouyon 2020)

And the Bouyon Boss, ASA BANTAN, does it again with his latest hit song DEMONSTRATION’. Released just in time for the 2020 Carnival Season, Asa feeds his local and international fans who crave his creative musical delicacies for this year’s festive season.

Over the years, Asa Bantan has been known for his ability to remain relevant by masterfully incorporating current affairs into his music.  ‘DEMONSTRATION’ comes at a time where Dominicans are still digesting the aftermath of the December 2019 General Elections which was marked by actions of protest across the country. Asa thus plays on the post-election fever by ringing in the 2020 Carnival season with metaphoric references to these demonstrations calling for electoral reform; only this time Asa commends to us the need for Carnival Reform. Quite comedic right? I know!

“We Know Our Rights!”, the song repeats as it calls for more money when artistes perform, more free rum, more freedom in fetes, more time and more sewo among others. I am not too sure what can be done about the free rum or more sewo, but for sure Asa touches on a very important issue in relation to remuneration for local artistes when they perform. We should be very familiar with the cry from local artistes for more respect, promotion and investment in local artistes especially in Bouyon music. Many argue that this is the only was we can take Bouyon to the world and have the world take us and our Bouyon seriously.

We at BouyonNation commend Asa Bantan for his musicianship and continued ambassadorship, helping to put Dominica and its native music on the world map. As we  enter the 2020 Carnival Season let us not forget our individual responsibility to attain that which Asa advocates for in his rhythmic artwork. Yes, we can get more freedom in fetes, more time, more sewo, more drinks, easy day break, no stress or headache and see the sunrise once we all obey the law, drink responsibly and enjoy ourselves in peace and love; you know, the true Dominica way!

Contributed by: DMBr767
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Shake de gate, DEMONSTRATION! (x4)
Bruk de wall, DEMONSTRATION (x4)

We want carnival reform,
More money when we perform.
We want to drink some free rum
In de fete we want our freedom

We want more time – We know our rights!
We want to sewo – We know our rights!
We want more drinks – We know our rights!
And the bouyon hero!

Shake de gate, DEMONSTRATION! (x4)
Bruk de wall, DEMONSTRATION (x4)

We want to make a daybreak – easy day break!
We want no stress no headache – want no headache!
We want to see the sun rise  – sun rise!
I know my rights, you know your rights!
We know our rights!

We want more time – We know our rights!
We want to sewo – We know our rights!
We want more drinks – We know our rights!
And the bouyon hero!

Shake de gate, DEMONSTRATION! (x4)
Bruk de wall, DEMONSTRATION (x4)

Transcribed by:  DMBr767
  • Performed by Asa Bantan
  • Produced by Tewa Beats
  • Mixed and Mastered by Tha Wizard
  • Published by DJ Easy

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