Emmanuel Jal
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Emmanuel Jal


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2004 - Gua - Independent
2005 - Help!: A Day in the Life - War Child
2005 - The Rough Guide to the Music of Sudan - World Music Network
2005 - Ceasefire - Riverboat
2006 - Live 8 at Eden: Africa Calling - Emd Int'l
2007 - Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign To Save Darfur - Amnesty International USA and Art for Amnesty
2008 - Warchild - Sonic 360
2010 - Sudan Votes Music Hopes - MICT
2010 - Emmanuel Jal's 4th Studio Album
2010 - Sudan Votes Music Hopes REMIXED "kuar" remixes by Henrik Schwarz and Olof Dreijer (The Knife)
2011 - We Want Peace (The Orchard)
2012 - Toast To Freedom - The Amnesty International Campaign
July 2012 - special release of 'We Want Peace' reloaded feat DMC, Dispatch, Das Racist and OAR.
August 2012 - release for 4th solo album - See Me Mama - Gatwitch Records



In the war-torn region of Southern Sudan, Emmanuel Jal was born into the life of a child solider on an unknown date in the early 1980s. Through unbelievable struggles, Emmanuel managed to survive and 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. His latest single, We Want Peace, from his upcoming album, See Me Mama is heavily influenced by this background.

Emmanuel has released three studio albums: Gua, Ceasefire and Warchild. His music can also be heard alongside Coldplay, Gorillaz, and Radiohead on the fundraising Warchild – Help a Day in the Life album, as well as in three ER episodes, the National Geographic documentary God Grew Tired of Us and in the feature film Blood Diamond starring Leonardo DiCaprio. He is also featured on John Lennon’s Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur, amongst the likes of U2, REM and Lenny Kravitz.

Emmanuel’s live appearances have included Live 8 and Nelson Mandela's 90th Birthday Concert. He has performed with acts such as Faithless, Razorlight, Supergrass and Fat Boy Slim in Europe and has toured the United States as part of the National Geographic All Roads Film Festival, in which he performed in New York, Washington DC, Los Angeles and New Orleans. Jal also performed with Moby and Five for Fighting in the 2007 live concert film, The Concert To End Slavery and, more recently, with Alicia Keys at her Black Ball in New York and Joss Stone at the Melbourne Festival closing Concert, 2011.

Emmanuel is in demand as a speaker and has addressed the UN, US Congress and the highest tiers of several governments. In June 2012 he will perform and address the G20 summit in Los Cabos, Mexico.
In 2011 he has taken part in the Oxfam Climate Change Campaign, CNN Freedom Project, Amnesty International ‘Toast to Freedom’ single and spoken alongside Kofi Annan and Martti Ahtisaari for CMI in Finland, Matt Dillon for Refugees International in Washington DC and Angelina Jolie at the ICC for Cinema for Peace.

Emmanuel’s press and media coverage includes interviews with the New York Times, CNN, Fox News, Washington Post, USA Today, Newsweek, BBC Newsnight, The Guardian, The Times, The Independent, MTV, BBC Radio 4 and many more outlets worldwide. His 2009 TED Global talk has achieved tens of thousands of YouTube hits.

In 2008 a full-length documentary on his life was released. The film, Warchild, won 12 prestigious film festival awards worldwide. In the same year, his autobiography, also called Warchild, was published by Little Brown.

Emmanuel Jal appears as the adult lead in the major motion picture Africa United, a Pathé, UK Film Council and BBC Films presentation in association with Warner Bros, released in October 2010.

Despite his accomplishments in music and film, one of Jal's biggest passions is Gua Africa, the charity he has founded to work with individuals, families and communities to help them overcome the effects of war and poverty.
In December 2010, Jal released the hit single 'We Want Peace' as part of the wider campaign of the same name calling for peace, protection and justice for all in Sudan ahead of the January 2011 referendum, but also calling for an end to all conflicts affecting innocent people around the world. The campaign was supported by A-list artists and leading figures from diverse fields – Peter Gabriel, Alicia Keys, George Clooney, Richard Branson, President Jimmy Carter, Kofi Annan and many more. In October 2011, Jal received the coveted Common Ground Award in Washington DC, previously awarded to the likes of Desmond Tutu and Mohammad Ali, for his outstanding commitment to peace building and in April 2012 he was asked to be a Young Global Leader for the World Economic Forum.

Emmanuel will be releasing his fourth album See Me Mama in August, 2012.