Emmanuel Jal – South Sudan


In the war-torn region of Southern Sudan, Emmanuel Jal was born into the life of a child solider. Through unbelievable struggles, Emmanuel managed to survive and emerge as a world-famous recording artist with a hit record under his belt. Called an artist “with the potential of a young Bob Marley” by Peter Gabriel, he has performed at Live 8 and Nelson Mandela’s 90th b-day concert.

Jal has released five studio albums to date: “Gua,” “Ceasefire,” “Warchild,” “See Me Mama,” and “The Key.” The Key is not only an album, but also a social enterprise The Key is E which aims to raise funds to benefit African entrepreneurs with a youth focus.

His music can be heard in major motion pictures, TV, and he’s been featured in major outlets like TIME, USA Today, NPR, CNN, MTV, & the BBC. Emmanuel had addressed the highest levels of government including the United Nations and is also a spokesperson for Amnesty International and Oxfam, and created the charitable foundation, Gua Africa and spearheaded the peace movement We Want Peace.