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Emmanuel JaI was born, JaI Jok in 1980. He is a South Sudanese musician, former child soldier and a political activist. His autobiography, War Child: A child soldier’s story, was published in 2009.
Born in a Nuer family in the village of Tonj, Warrap state in the Bahrel Ghazal region of Sudan (now South Sudan), Emmanuel Jal was a young child when the second Sudanese civil war broke out.
His father joined the Sudan people’s liberation army (SPLA) and when he was roughly seven years old, his mother was killed by soldiers loyal to the government. He then decided to join the thousands of children travelling to Ethiopia seeking education and opportunities.
Along the way, however, many of the children Emmanuel Jal included were recruited by the SPLA and taken to military training camps, in the bush at Etwas disguised as a school in front of international aid agencies and UN representatives.
But behind closed doors, the children were training to fight.
Along the line, Emmanuel Jal, stumbled upon hip hop and discovered the genre harboured incredible power, both spiritually and politically. While studying in Kenya, Emmanuel Jal started to ease the pain of what he had experienced. His first single, “All We Need Is Jesus” was a hit in Kenya and received airplay in the UK.
He went on to produce his first album, Gua, a mix of rap in Arabic, English, Swahili, Dinka and Nuer.
His second album, “Ceasefire” was released in 2005 and includes s re-recording of “Gua”. The second album, was a collaboration with the well known Sudanese Muslim musician Abd El Gadir Salim and brings together opposing sides of the conflict and different music traditions to a common ground of the wish for peace in Sudan.
Among other places, he has performed at the “Live 8 Concert” in Cornwell in the summer of 2005. He was awarded a 2005 American Gospel Music Award for best international act.
Emmanuel Jal‘s third album, war child was released by Sonic 360 Records in the United Kingdom on 12th of may 2008. Emmanuel Jal, along with an All-Star line up featuring Amy Winehouse, Eddy Grant, Will Smith, 9ice and others performed songs, at Nelson Mandela’s 90th Birthday concert at London’s Hyde Park on the 27th of June, 2008.
Emmanuel Jal‘s album “See Me Mama” was distributed by Universal Music in Canada.
Been a victim of circumstances, is not a palatable business, Emmanuel Jal is an example of ‘you can achieve only if u believe in your self‘. Against his will, Emmanuel Jal, a child soldier by reason of circumstance rose to be a prominent music act in Africa. Well he loves the positive life definitely by choosing to escape. That decision has not only kept him alive till today, but he has just been nominated for the biggest music award in Africa. Africa, over to you, make your vote count, let’s have your comment and thumbs up for Emmanuel Jal.
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Emmanuel Jal’s Video for KORA Award nomination track in focus: ‘My Power‘ has over 96,496 Youtube views. Watch below
My Power by Emmanuel Jal
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Emmanuel Jal on social media:
Official Website: http://emmanueljal.com/
Emmanuel Jal on TED
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