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Emmanuel Jal

Genre-straddling African Christian gospel rapper Emmanuel Jal was born in the village of Tong (sometimes spelled Tony) in southern Sudan around 1980. His mother died when he was still a young child of seven or so, and Jal was forced into a Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) military training camp in Ethiopia, where he was trained to be a soldier, participating in military battles before he was even a teenager. Eventually he left Ethiopia and made the dangerous, grueling journey across Sudan to Waat, which was near his Upper Nile home. From there he was smuggled by his mentor and protector Emma McCune into Nairobi, Kenya. Following McCune's death, Jal became one of the millions displaced by Sudan's violent civil war. McCune's friends and associates saw to it that Jal received an education, and he was able to attend Tala Academy. He began singing around 1998, and was soon active in his local church choir, and formed numerous musical groups, including the Reborn Warriors, his current gospel hip-hop band. He produced a single, "All We Need Is Jesus," and an album, Gua, the title track of which was a number one hit in Kenya. Jal collaborated with Abdel Gadir Salim, a Sudanese Moslem musician, for the album Ceasefire, which was released in 2005, and included a re-recording of "Gua." Since Jal was from the south of Sudan, and Salim was from the north, the collaboration of the two musicians symbolized the kind of unity many have hoped for in the Sudan conflict, and Ceasefire is a major plea for peace and sanity. ~ Steve Leggett, Rovi
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bidongtot
Great songs for all of us. Peace around the world!
Read about his plight inspirationa l .
I don't think Jal was force by SPLA, but voluteerily joined SPLM/A-Nasir . The SPLA-Nasir was defector organization formed by Riek Machar Teny or Emma McCune's husband. His bio appeals to those who don't know him, especially the child soldier part.
The trth is that is that he was born and raises during the war like any other sudanese.
THis guys the real thing, raps about real experiences and things not bragging about stuff thats not true like a lot of rappers today.
He was the older me
I was in a movie with him
this guy, i've read his book War Child +I was curious about his music +now that I listen to it I can feel what he went through +it's so heartfelt the way he sings his songs+ I love how he sings with the other Lost Boys +his sister. thank God for him+ god bless him.
Yeeeea! Hot! Thanks.
Wow. I have never felt so quickly connected to an artist. Not since Frank Turner, at least.
i thoght this was emmanuel and philip hudson
susie.greni
Excellent!
Emmanuel Jal is a man to thank God for.
Wow. What an inspiration.
itsmarkjenki n s
This guy is the man, through and through
WOW! Truly amazing artist to recognize how he could give voice to this devastating struggle.
hiphopqueen1 0 1 2
i love this book!!!!
it makes me consider how lucky i am
Talk about a struggle His story is proof that one can over come adversity
misstiffb
I'm now completely in love with him.

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