Emmanuel Jal – Emma
I haven’t listened to any feel-good Sudanese Hip Hop in a while.
Emmanuel Jal blends socially conscious lyrics, catchy rock licks, and some complex African style drum beats to create a unique sound.
What makes his accomplishments even more impressive is his personal background. Born in Sudan, Emmanuel’s mom was killed by civil war fighting at the age of 7, and his dad joined one of the ‘people’s’ armies. He was then forced into becoming a child soldier in Ethiopia before running away, and then found by a British aid worker who smuggled him into Kenya.
In Kenya, Emmanuel discovered music.
Learn more about Emmanuel Jal here.
He’s also the focus of a new documentary War Child which tells the story of his life.