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:

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Music from Senegal – Touré Kunda

As you see I am often posting senegalese music :). Today I’d like to present you the song “Emma” from Touré Kunda, a Senegalese musical group, already active for 20 years, which is active in social causes such as Children’s rights and advocates for the homeless. I like their traditional music, often mixed with worldmusic.