Emmanuel Jal & Abdel Gadir Salim: Ceasefire (World Network/Elite)

 |   |  <1 min read

Emmanuel Jal and Abdel Gadir Salim: Ya Salam
Emmanuel Jal & Abdel Gadir Salim: Ceasefire (World Network/Elite)

This charismatic meltdown of sounds from the Sudan (an area the size of Western Europe) involves softly-sung rap, a yearning for peace and freedom by these two vocalists who come from different areas and political sides of the divided country, traditional instruments such as nay (flute) along with saxophone and electric guitars, and is suffused in the suffering that years of civil war have wrought.

Jal from the predominantly Christian south was a boy soldier for five years before picking up on a kind of gospel rap, and Salim from the Muslim south was nearly killed by a fundamentalist who objected to him making secular music.

From such tough times comes this album which is seductive and gentle, and a fascinating story: in 1993 Jal -- who last year appeared at Live 8: Africa Calling -- was adopted by an English aid worker Emma McCune who smuggled him off to Nairobi, but she was killed a car accident a few months later.

Her friends paid for Jal's schooling, he took up music and had a hit single, and his story and that of McCune was told in the books Till The Sun Goes Cold and Emma's War, the latter being made into a movie by Ridley (Bladerunner, Gladiator) Scott.

Let's hope Ridley gets Jal to do the soundtrack, this is quietly persuasive stuff.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   World Music articles index

Karim Baggili with Le Trio Joubran: Kali City (homerecords)

Karim Baggili with Le Trio Joubran: Kali City (homerecords)

This is very much a game of two halves for the self-taught guitarist Karim Baggili who is Belgian-born and of Jordanian background. And ironically it is the material with the superb... > Read more

La Chiva Gantiva: Pelao (Crammed Discs)

La Chiva Gantiva: Pelao (Crammed Discs)

With horns and electric guitars, this outfit which was formed in Brussels by expat Colombian percussion players bring as much funk and Fela Afrobeat as they do rocked-up South American sounds... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

Uluru/Ayers Rock, Outback Australia: Into the great wide open

Uluru/Ayers Rock, Outback Australia: Into the great wide open

>Uluru at the close of another cloudless day in the desert. In the designated “sunset viewing spot” a few kilometres from the big red rock, campervans and cars are arriving. In this... > Read more

STRAND OF OAKS INTERVIEWED (2017): Coming to terms with himself

STRAND OF OAKS INTERVIEWED (2017): Coming to terms with himself

For a guy who has been battered by life and battered himself, Tim Showalter – who performs as Strand of Oaks – sounds remarkable cheerful, funny and upbeat when we catch at home in a... > Read more