Network of Men Leaders
Members of the Secretary-General’s Network of Men Leaders
Adisa Jelani Andwele
Adisa Jelani Andwele (AJA) is a Barbadian-born New York-based World Music/Jazz poet and musician. He fuses the two art forms, blending Jazz, Funk and R&B with various Caribbean rhythms, from Reggae and Calypso to Salsa, to accompany his poems. With his band “fuZION”, AJA has performed at major music festivals in Belgium, Canada, England, Germany, Holland, Sierra Leone, South Africa and Switzerland. His works have also been internationally published.
From his emergence in the 1990s, AJA has focused on world issues such as war, hunger, poverty and the abuse of women and children. In 2003, he decided to transform his poems from the stage and the page into practical initiatives. Since then he has organized humanitarian projects in Barbados and other Caribbean territories, as well as in Sierra Leone.
In light of his work as an artist and humanitarian, AJA became in 2003 a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Spokesperson on Peace and Poverty Eradication for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean. He is also a UN Women Partner for Peace for the Caribbean, and promotes and mobilizes Caribbean artists for the UN Secretary-General’s campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women.