By worldpoetry on January 30, 2014 - 10:21pm
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. http://worldpoetry.ca/?p=7478
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.