Bajan rhythm poet Adisa AJA Andwele has launched a musical documentary entitled Bussa I’m Sorry.
The hour-and-a-half documentary which was screened on Wednesday at the Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination at the University of the West Indies’ Cave Hill Campus, takes the audience on a journey of the past and embraces African consciousness.
The foundation of the documentary is a poem AJA wrote last year, De Apology – Bussa I’m Sorry.
“I wrote the apology and then I released it as an audio track, and it was so much history that I had to take it to a musical documentary,” he explained to Barbados TODAY.
A small group of the university’s academic staff who watched the documentary expressed the view that it should be shown in schools to students at all levels.
AJA agreed that students needed to be taught more about their history.
“The history is not known. It is not taught in the primary schools or secondary schools, so you have a generation of Barbadians walking around who don’t know who they are,” he said, adding that he would continue to push to ensure that every Barbadian knows the sacrifices that were made for them.
“This is not the end…The fundamental objective is to change the impact of national consciousness for Barbadians to know who they are,” he said.