Just days after premiering his new video “We Want Peace — Reloaded,” former child soldier, peace activist, and hip-hop artist Emmanuel Jal was reportedly beat by South Sudanese police in Juba after returning to his home country for an upcoming gala and concert to promote international peace.
Rapper and South Sudanese peace activist Emmanuel Jal was beaten and robbed Saturday by police in Juba, South Sudan, in an apparently unprovoked incident of police brutality, Jal's publicist said. Police stopped Jal around 9:30 p.m. and took his cellphone, then five officers beat him until he lost consciousness, while 15 more police and national security officers watched without intervening.
Rapper and peace activist Emmanuel Jal is the latest victim of South Sudan brutal police force. The former child soldier was smuggled into Kenya when he was just 11 and studied in Nairobi. He has since become a peace ambassador and renowned rapper.
South Sudanese artist takes action with some notable friends.
By Rolling Stone
September 6th, 2012 8:00 AM
Few have seen reality's harsher side like South Sudanese musician Emmanuel Jal. A former child soldier, Jal is now an activist, using his art to take social and political action. With his triumphant new video for "We Want Peace – Reloaded," Jal gets assists from former President Jimmy Carter, Kofi Annan, Ringo Starr, George Clooney, Alicia Keys, Peter Gabriel, Dispatch, O.A.R., D.M.C., Das Racist and more. But despite the smiles all around, the song's message is serious.
Credited for introducing a much more musically expansive and message-driven form of locally-produced hip-hop to the region surrounding his native Southern Sudan, celebrated MC and activist Emmanuel Jal continues his long tradition of potent message raps on new disc See Me Mama.
August 30th 2012
Brandon Barrett- email@example.com
Sudanese hip-hop artist Emmanuel Jal will be a long way from home when he performs as part of the Whistler Presents: Concert Series on Sunday (Sept. 2) at Olympic Plaza.