Hip-Hop Artist, Writer and Activist
Emmanuel Jal was born into the life of a child solider in war-torn South Sudan. Through unbelievable struggles, he survived and emerged as a recording artist, achieving worldwide acclaim for his unique style of hip hop with its message of peace and reconciliation. His latest single, We Want Peace, from his new album, See Me Mama, is heavily influenced by this background. Jal has released three studio albums: Gua, Ceasefire and Warchild and his live appearances have included performing at Live 8 and Nelson Mandela's 90th Birthday Concert. Jal is in demand as a speaker and has addressed the UN, US Congress, G20 and the highest tiers of several governments. In 2008, a full-length documentary on his life was released and his autobiography, also called Warchild, was published. He appears as the adult lead in the major motion picture Africa United. One of Jal's biggest passions is Gua Africa, the charity he founded to work with individuals, families and communities to help them overcome the effects of war and poverty.