AJA’s apology to Bussa
Barbadian rhythm poet and cultural activist, Adisa AJA Andwele, has released a music video to accompany his latest work which pays homage to National Hero and freedom fighter, The Right Excellent General Bussa.
De Apology – Bussa I’m Sorry is a cinematic-styled music video which was shot at various locations across the island to portray a pivotal point in Barbadian history that is not widely known.
AJA’s work examines the role which slaves at Mt Wilton Plantation in St Thomas played during the Bussa-led 1816 Rebellion which started at Bayley’s Plantation in St Philip and their compensation which led to the establishment of the First Free Village at Rock Hall, St Thomas.
The work also highlights the deceptive role that the Black Army played in defeating General Bussa and his troops in the rebellion which was the first major attempt by enslaved Africans in Barbados to secure their freedom, inspired no doubt by the earlier success of counterparts in Haiti.
AJA is a descendant of Robert Downes and his wife, Hagan Jane, who are both founding members of the first free village. In this regard, he is making the apology on their behalf to General Bussa and all those who died in the battle to free Barbados from slavery.
The music video produced by AJA Productions & Bajans in Motion Inc., was filmed at locations which were part of this history. They include Bayley’s Plantation where Bussa lived and where the final battle was fought during the 1816 Rebellion; nearby Golden Grove Plantation where Bussa was killed; and at the Freedom Monument at Rock Hall, St Thomas.