Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Bussa lives


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Energetic dance moves, rousing vocals, guitar riffs and flirtatious violin tones were the order of the evening as the Bussa Lives Concert Part 2 presented by AJA Productions and compliments the Commission of Pan African Affairs came off at Freedom Monument at Rock Hall Freedom Village, St Thomas, Saturday.

An intimate crowd nestled among the shrubbery that adorned, though some might contend obstructed, the Freedom Monument.  From babes in arms to the young at heart sitting on blankets on the lawns, they were there not only to launch the Season Of Emancipation, but to celebrate and honour the ancestors like National Hero Bussa, who fought and sacrificed their lives in the Saturday, April 14, 1816 “Bussa Rebellion”.

The sounds of home-grown boys Monarchy Music, featuring Korrupt, kicked off the event. Also featured were duo Kalead and Kayaweh, as well as the Haynesville Drummers.

The evening climaxed with a riveting showcase from rhythm poet and social advocate Aja, backed by dancers from Riddim Tribe, Dancin’ Africa and the Re-emergence Band with vocalists Khiomal Nurse, Alicia and Alex Cage.

But the night was much more than performances. It was for an enlightening experience the generations of families who attended, especially for the enthusiastic little children who were front and centre of the proceedings.

Aja, in a pre-show interview, said this was the goal – to continue the healing process of slavery and ensure that the historic events of April 14, 1816, were remembered and acknowledged by future generations.

He said it was a day of significance, which he deemed the most important in Barbados’ history, which went unmentioned by many Barbadians. He was confident, however, that such celebrations could play a crucial role to push a wider spread of the events in the consciousness of Barbadians.

“It is not registering because of the socialisation, the education. History is not taught, so there are generations of Barbadians who don’t know who they are because they have no connection to their past. [But] the healing process has started. The fact that this [concert] is happening, you are here tonight, means that something is still happening.

“It is not about the numbers right now, it is not about a performance. It’s to trigger that spirit and energy; to celebrate, educate, and shed a light on [us] as a people. So even if 80 people come, if 200 people and not 3 000, it doesn’t matter.”

He added: “If one [child] leaves here with a consciousness of Bussa, Nanny Grigg and our road to Emancipation, we have begun that job of healing.” (SDB Media)


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