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Emmanuel Jal


EMMANUEL JAL was born into the life of a child solider on an unknown date in the early 1980s in the war-torn region of Southern Sudan. Through unbelievable struggles, Emmanuel managed to survive and go on to emerge as a recording artist, achieving worldwide acclaim for his unique style of hip hop with its message of peace and reconciliation born out of his personal experiences. Emmanuel has recently appeared alongside Reese Witherspoon as one of the lead roles in the Warner Bros 2014 film release ‘The Good Lie'. The film was released to outstanding reviews at The Toronto Film Festival, rated by Forbes in the Top 20 films of 2014 and certified ‘Fresh Pick' by film aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. Jal's JUNO nominated fifth studio album “The Key” was released on September 9, 2014 on Gatwitch / Universal and includes collaborations with Grammy award winning artists Nile Rodgers and Nelly Furtado .Jal has released four studio albums to date: “Gua,” “Ceasefire,” “Warchild” and “See Me Mama.” and live appearances have included Live 8, Nelson Mandela's 90th Birthday Concert and the One Concert for his Holiness the Dalai Lama. He has collaborated and performed alongside artists such as Peter Gabriel, Nelly Furtado, DMC Joss Stone, Nile Rodgers and Alicia Keys. Jal has been awarded the Calgary Peace Prize, the Humanitarian Award from the Hunt Institute, The Dresden Peace Prize, The Mattie Stepanek Peacemaker Prize and has been honored by Ban Ki Moon at the UN for his peace efforts in South Sudan.

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