This song questions why
hard work has not led to financial wellbeing. The singer does thisby calling upon Èzili, the patron spirit of
love, Ashade a former king of Dahomey
(1740-1774), and Danbala the first spirit
created by God to assist people in their activities.These spirits are appealed to because they
are symbolic of those who care for us, those who rule over us, and those with
the obligation to help us.
The singer is at a loss
to explain her inability to make a living and for that reason appeals to those
tasked by God to assist people and ensure their wellbeing. Foremost among these
spirits is Danbala and this is why it is after citing Danbala's name that the
singer describes her situation as harsh. Danbalaand the other spirits were tasked by God to
assist people so that their living conditions would not be tough.
have a role to play as well in ensuring their wellbeing. The singer
demonstrates understanding of this by explaining that she has done her share. The
singer implies that she has been working hard, and has not been wasteful in
expenses. She has not been enjoying the excesses and delicacies of life. She explains that she has not been enjoying
pineapple, a fruit originally from Brazil and cultivated in Haiti by the Tainos.
In the United States as well as in Europe, pineapple became a symbol of wealth
and of foreign travel making it at one time fashionable for homes to be
decorated with pineapple wallpaper prints. In Haiti, pineapple is not
considered to be a high energy food fitting for consumption before a hard day
of work.It is a delicacy suitable for
moments of relaxation. The fruit is
sweet. It is a dessert analogous to cake. The native people of the Caribbean
used it as a dessert and as a welcoming delicacy for guests. The Creole word
anana originates from the Tayino and Carib word for pineapple, anana. This word
was adopted by the French and by the Spanish as well.
The singer also adds
that she has not been smoking, and so her money has not been going up in
smoke.Nor has she been eating coconut.
The drinking and eating of coconut is seen in Haiti as food consumed at moments
of relaxation. Haiti is not unique in this perception. Coconut trees grow throughout
the tropics and subtropical part of the world. Its origin is uncertain. It may be
native to the Americas or to Asia. The tree is commonly used to advertise
vacation destinations so as to appeal to tourist in search of a place to
relax.And of course, the ultimate drink
for relaxation is the pina colada, made of pineapple and coconut.
In other words, the
singer has not been smoking and sipping pina coladas. She has not been engaged
in relaxation nor in life’s excesses, yet despite hard work, she can't earn a
living. This troubles her and provokes her to ask “Kouman lajan m fè manke?”. The
question is enigmatic, and remains unanswered…