At the official launch of his CD ‘Deception’ at the National
HIV/AIDS Commission yesterday, Cross said that Aja is committed to making
a difference in the world today, and that everyone should throw his or
her support behind him in the remarkable cause that he has undertaken.
According to Cross, “Aja has a particular social vision of the
world that we want to capture and we are doing it through a series of
poetry programmes that he will produce and they would be played from September
Noting that the international media has been attracted to Aja’s
work, Cross said CBC is also proud to have his voice and vision as part
of the Corporation’s new programming schedule.
However, Aja said that BBC has aired a ten-minute interview with him
last December on his international campaign against war and poverty which
had started in November 2003.
He has secured an international distribution contract with world renowned
record company Jetstar Phonographics Ltd. and his new CD ‘Deception’,
which was redesigned and repackaged for the international market was launched
in London on July 15th, 2004 at the Barbados’ Embassy.
Aja’s International Public Relations Manager Angie Allison said
that his PR campaign for the United Kingdom will introduce him to the
UK public in its first phase and establish him as one of the world’s
most influential humanitarian in the second phase. She added that the
campaign will move Aja to a higher level and will commence September 1st,
Aja, however, noted that it is unfortunate that so many children are
suffering because of the inefficiencies and mistakes of adults and he
feels that those children are not being properly protected.
He added, “I hope that through the CD ‘Deception’ and
the work that I am doing that the message would get across since I am
just climbing a mountain as a poet who is trying to achieve the impossible”.
Aja leaves for South Africa today for his next international performance
at the Standard Bank/Joy Of Jazz-Jo’ Burg International Festival
where he will be appearing on the same stage as international jazz musician
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poetry is social and cultural commentary and focuses on the plight of
Third World peoples and the downpressed. It goes straight to the heart
of social, historical, economic and political problems, which confront
African peoples and the world in general.
He has been Barbados’ Poet of the Year from 1991 and the Author
of the Year in 1992. In 1993 Aja was also nominated for Barbados Entertainer
of the Year. During that year he produced two records, a cassette 45 in
June, and an LP/cassette in November entitled "Conscious."
appears on major musical productions in Barbados, transcending the perimeters
of poetry. On June 12th, 1993, he became the first poet in Barbados and
the third in the Caribbean to be featured in a calypso tent. He has performed
throughout the Caribbean, as well as in the USA and Canada.
In 1994, Aja released his second album entitled "Conscious".
By then he was not only seen as a performance poet, but also as a dynamic
1998, Aja teamed up with Barbados' premier contemporary jazz band Jamari.
The band members are Andre Daniel, keyboards; Ricky Aimey, bass; and James
Lovell, drums and percussion.
The Aja/Jamari partnership has created a fusion of Caribbean rhythms
with Black American music - blues, jazz and funk.
The success of Adisa's performances with Jamari, necessitated a CD. In
January, 2000, Adisa released his third album, Doin' It Saf". (Seen
here in his European tour)
Aja's poetry goes straight to the heart of social, historical, economic
and political problems, which confront African peoples and the world in
Jamari Jazz Band - Keyboards, bass and drums Jamari: Ricky Aimey, bass;
Andre Daniel, keyboards and James Lovell, drums and percussion.
His persistency in terms of focusing on human suffering was recently
rewarded when he was made a United Nations Development Program (UNDP)
Spokesperson for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean: www.bb.undp.org
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