Sudanese ‘War Child’ Emmanuel Jal Visits Harare

The performance is presented by Pamberi Trust in cooperation with South African based organization African Synergy Trust and supported by British Council, Commonwealth Foundation, Prince Claus and Mass Mart.

The show is part of African Synergy Trust and Harare arts development organization Pamberi Trust’s objective of  facilitating intra-African cultural exchange and arts collaboration through a ‘tour circuit’ of arts venues, festivals and creative enterprises.  It links touring African artists with the ‘tour circuit’ and practically implements tours, offering artists access to new audiences, and offering audiences experience of diverse African arts.

Friday’s mega musical show will see Jal’s  six piece band following a star line-up of  Zimbabwe’s best – feisty mbira star Chiwoniso Maraire, ‘Comrade Fatso’ and Chabvondoka, and ‘Outspoken’ and The Essence.

Emmanuel Jal, was robbed of his own childhood after he was recruited as a young child to fight in Ethiopia, until he ran away and ended up in Kenya where his music grew until he managed to set the hip-hop bar higher with a strong message of peace for the world.

“Music is powerful.  It is the only thing that can speak into your mind, your heart and your soul without your permission” Jal said.

Despite his accomplishments in music, Jal said his biggest passion is for Gua Africa, a charity organisation that he founded. As a way of promoting peace and campaigning for unity, he is currently building schools, providing scholarships for Sudanese war survivors in refugee camps, and sponsoring education for children in the most deprived slum areas in Nairobi.

A documentary film about Emmanuel Jal called ‘War Child’ which was made in 2008 by  Karim Chrobog had its international debut at the Berlin Film Festival and its North American debut at the Tribeca Film Festival where it won the Cadillac Audience Award, and an autobiography under the same name in 2009.