Music from South Sudan – Emmanuel Jal

Updated one, from December 30, 2011:

Today, Flo found a fantasic artist, for me the best one this week: Emmanuel Jal. First, I’ve to tell you something about his live: He was born 1980 in South Sudan, and had to fight in the Second Sudanese Civil War as child soldier. After many very dangerous and difficult years, he run away to Jal and met Emma McCune, a british aid worker who smuggled the 11-years old Emmanuel Jal to Kenya to attend school in Nairobi. After Emma’s death, her friends helped Emmanuel to continue his studies. With his song Gua, he had a great hit in Kenya in 2005, and got famous in Africa. Today, he’s performing reggae and hip-hop music, with fascinting textes about the dramatical war in Sudan. Here’s his song “Emma“, for Emma McCune at Mandela’s birthday in Hyde Park, 2008:

Happy New Year to all of you! Thanks for visiting!!

here you can listen to the cd version:

I can’t watch this one in Germany, but I hope you can :)

And a Grooveshark version:

28 thoughts on “Music from South Sudan – Emmanuel Jal

  1. Oh yes, absolutely! Emmanuel Jal is incredible and inspirational to say the least! He’s another musician that I have yet to mention on my site, but I think I’ll just reblog this:) Thanks for sharing! You’re awesome!:D

  2. I like this song. Xandi we both have about the same number of visits at the moment (you can see mine at the bottom of stayrefreshed) so I was wondering if you want to have a 2012 challenge to see who can get the most views?! Would just be for a bit of fun :)

    1. Thanks!
      I usually find songs on YouTube, grooveshark, Vimeo and in your Music-Suggestions! Otherwise, I’m absolutely intersted in music and I’m searching for styles! I’ve a great folder in my fvourites called Blog, where I “lay down” all the songs I found and liked! If you want to suggest me some songs, just write a Music-Suggestion :)

  3. This is a brilliant song Xandi, I had tears in my eyes listening to it. One person can make a big impact and a difference in another persons’ life by caring! I love South Sudan, and Africa, my heart is for the people! :) Thanks for sharing!

  4. Thank you SO much for showing this for us. This guy and his story is such a fine example showing the positive aspects of life. We need that! And his music is nice :-)

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