Ariadne’s note: The World Poetry Café Radio Show with hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Israel Mota were honored to welcome the Internationally known performance poet and musician AJA to the show. Also the show was dedicated to Komla Dumor BBC anchor from Ghana who passed away last week in our new In Loving Memory segment. E-poems from Oswald George Okaitei and Benjamin Oku were also featured as well as music from Rene Hugo Sanchez and Anthony Blackman, steel pan player and teacher. To listen CLICK HERE!
A Special Message to the World.
“As we start 2014, it is time that people understand that there is only one race on the Earth – the Human Race. Therefore, the artificial barriers and divisions that exist must be eliminated, for the World to live as One.
We are all going around together, and we must share a collective responsibility not only to protect the planet, but to make human existence one free of hunger, poverty, war and many of the other global issues.
Human consciousness needs to rise to this level of awareness for Human existence to attain a higher level. The fact that millions of children die from hunger and poverty every year does not paint a positive picture and negates human development, which seems to be measured solely by technological development. ” By AJA
AJA poet is a Barbadian-born World Music & Jazz poet and musician based in New York. AJA blends Jazz and R&B with various Caribbean rhythms – including Reggae and Calypso, to create a unique sound. This provides the platform for him to deliver his thought-provoking and engaging poetry. AJA has taken performance poetry to the international World Music, Jazz and Poetry Festivals stages; and his works have also been internationally published.
A feature of AJA is his intensity on stage. His work is captivating with heart-wrenching imagery that is engaging – “edutainment”. From his emergence as a poet, AJA has focused on global issues such as war, hunger and the abuse of women and children. But in 2003 he decided to do more and transformed his poems from the stage and the page into practical initiatives in Barbados, other Caribbean territories as well as in Sierra Leone, West Africa.
In 2003 he was made a UNDP Spokesperson on Peace and Poverty Eradication for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean. He is also a UN Women Caribbean Partner for Peace; and a member of the UN Secretary-General’s Network of Men Leaders – promoting and mobilising activities for the “UNiTE: End Violence against Women” Campaign.
Click here for a live performance:BIO eFlyer AJA
Here are two of his performance pieces:
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Inspired by Governor Bobby Jindal comments on race in America on the 50th Anniversary of the Speech by Martin Luther Jr.
I am a wedged between people
undermining the oneness of thought and being
I stop minds from seeing
To see only differences and comparisons
I am most distinct in my intent
More identifiable than apartheid
More universal than the snaking
Red Sea Walls of Separation
I project more snobbery from my appearance
That the opulence of the wealthy
Pushing up their noses
at the lifestyles coming from
inner Brooklyn ‘hip-hop’ cities
I may appear shortened
as though a line incomplete
and robbed from reaching my wholeness
I am imposed everywhere at will
inconveniently overused and inserted
indicating a link between
But a separate-ness
who am I?
I am hyphen
when I arrived in America
I immediately hyphen-native the Indians
Didn’t look back
while forwarding through time
To define all persons and patrons
Then I hyphenated the North from the South
Made America see itself
Only through hyphen after hyphen
I am made it citizens become hyphened-Americans
I hyphenated every race
Made people look at only face
Even hyphenated their space
displacing logical thinking
confusing the understanding of the social engineering
Or making it disappear
And in contrast I created
A Working hyphen class
A Middle hyphen class
An a Upper hyphen class
And as time further passed
I became that space
a hyphen between their ears
Imagine that, me just a small dash
A seemingly insignificant symbol
One that can’t multiply or add
subtract or divide
Could become such a symbol
Of the splintering of Americans
Into so many Social hyphen Class divisions.
August 26, 2013
Adisa ‘AJA’ Andwele, (c) 1094 East 58 Street, Brooklyn, NY 11234