Let’s Celebrate the New Year: Adaptation of an Experimental Hey-Dasang Poetry


It’s the 19th of December.  Soon 2013 is gone!

As I thought about it, I ended up with the experimental Hey-Dasang Poetry, which I was introducing to the world as a poetry form.  Actually, Dasang  /dah-SANG/ is a sing-song hortatory discourse of the Higa-onon tribe of southern Philippines.  My Germany friend, Hans Brandeis, who is an ethnomusicologist, considered Dasang as the early form of hip-hop.  Definitely, it is a rap!  However, as a hortatory discourse, it doesn’t only entertains, but it also instructs, informs, implores, exhorts, and admonishes the audience to do something “RIGHT!” 

As a researcher, poet with a penchant of songwriting, I decided to go beyond mere poetry.  I would love for hip-hop artists to deliver a rap that makes the world a better place to live in.  So, here’s my contribution, a sample of a Hey-Dasang Poetry, or call it  a hip-hop lyric, to celebrate the coming of the New Year.  Wish I could perform this at the Human Experience (if there’s any) on the 30th of this month.  Told DJ Ms. Joy about this.  DJ Ms. Joy is a world-class pro in DJ’ng, and considered the #1 female DJ in Las Vegas.  She also MC’s, along with three other artists, the Human Experience Meet-up at The Beat Coffee House, just a block east of the Fremont Experience canopy in Downtown Las Vegas.

So here is the Hey-Dasang Poetry put into a rap song:

1)      Let’s Celebrate the New Year

Hey! Here’s a Hey-Dasang Poem, Man! 

Hey, hey, hey, hey!

The old is ending soon/ and then the New year comes/

We cheer, we yell ,/ we dance/ that’s with our hearts delight/

But there are those/who drink/ and bang

With carelessness/ endangering and hurting others with their fight!


Ref:  Hey, hey, hey, hey!

But hey!  Wanna end up in a jail?  Lock up! (NO!)

Hey, wanna end up without limb? Or die?  (NO!

Hey! Wanna end up in a ward? In pain?   (NO!)

ISo don’t forget to celebrate/not as fool and dumb!


Hey, hey, hey, hey!

(Song)  New Year’s here, let’s celebrate.

Fire works, but please no grenade!

Fire crackers, whistle blown…

Let’s shout to be heard….

(Crowd shouts)  Happy New Year!

Let’s make noise for peace on earth.

Give each other warm embrace.

Jump for joy; enjoy its worth!

Each day of the year!


Hey, hey, hey, hey!

There’s one who takes advan/tage of festivities.

They are the snakes/ who slithers in a joyous crowd.

Their thoughts are set with goal/ that hurts

Those in the crowd/ some drunk, some funk/

But many are just there to cheer/this New Year’s start!

(Repeat Ref:)

Hey, hey, hey, hey!

The old year now has come/ and sooner it is gone.

The new year’s here and so/ let us now celebrate.

Let’s have the peace on earth/ reign and be with us all

That we will safely live our life/ in full.

(Rep. Ref.)

Hey, hey, hey, hey!

For those whose joy isn’t full/ without boom and bang!

Please let us bear in mind/ that there are days to come.

Oh, please don’t hurt yourself/ more so those other men.

That we won’t end up living this year with regret!

(Rep. Ref..)


Please Be Safe Everyone as We Welcome the New Year!


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