Child Soldier Turned Rapper Coming to SA


The Goethe-Institut and African Synergy bring trailblazing African pop culture to South Africa through an exclusive live performance by Sudanese child soldier turned rapper Emmanual Jal.

Emmanual will be performing at The Alex in Braamfontein on the Saturday, 10 September and will be supported by hip-hop group Tumi & The Volume.

Child Soldier turned Rapper Emmanuel Jal - Courtesy Red Flag

Not only an immense musical force, Emmanual is also known worldwide as one of the most active ambassadors for peace ever to come out of Africa. The hip-hop artist is a public speaker: he has addressed the UN, US Congress and the highest tiers of governments on the issue of peace.  He has also been involved with several peace-based initiatives including the Clinton Global Initiative, the Child Soldiers Initiative, Ericsson’s Refugees Reunited campaign and several others. 

Only in his twenties, he has endured and survived unbelievable struggles in war-torn Sudan. It would lonely make sense that he’d invest much of his time in spreading peace around the world.  He has been interviewed by the New York Times, CNN, the BBC and Fox News, amongst others, as well as having performed at some of the world’s largest peace rallies. 

His personal accolades are countless and in 2008, the film documentary on his life titled Warchild was released.   It won 12 prestigious film festival awards worldwide.  Later that year, a biography of the same name was released. 

Having lived an extraordinary life , Emmanual brings his profound story-telling into his music.  He has just released his latest album We Want Peace, which is part of a wider campaign of the same name. It calls for peace in Sudan ahead of the 2011 referendum.  The We Want Peace campaign has been supported by several other A-listers including Peter Gabriel, Alicia Keys, George Clooney, Richard Branson, Kofi Annan and many others.

A performance not to be missed, Emmanual performs his unique style of hip-hop in various languages.  Supported by our very own Tumi & The Volume, the Alex will rock to the sounds of peace and reconciliation this September.

Tickets are available at Computicket now.

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~ by Thandie on August 17, 2011.

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