“DE APOLOGY – Bussa I’m Sorry” by Adisa ‘AJA’ Andwele

Barbadian poet and cultural activist Adisa ‘AJA’ Andwele has released a music video to accompany his latest work which refers to Barbadian national Hero The Right Excellent General Bussa. Entitled DE APOLOGY – Bussa I’m Sorry is a cinematic styled music music video shot at varying locations across the island of Barbados to portray a pivotal point in Bajan history that is not widely known.

The works refer to the role which the enslaved at Mt. Wilton Plantation played during the 1816 Rebellion and their resulting compensation which led to the establishment of the First Free Village at Rock Hall St. Thomas. It also highlights the deceptive role that the Black Army played in defeating General Bussa and his troops in 1816.

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; Golden Grove Plantation where Bussa was killed; and at the Freedom Monument at Rock Hall, St Thomas.

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