Emmanuel Jal discusses his music and life as a child soldier

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Emmanuel Jal, musician and former child soldier

Before becoming a world renowned hip-hop sensation and activist, Emmanuel Jal grew up as a child soldier in what is now known as South Sudan. These experiences helped to shape Emmanuel Jal into a leading activist in providing support to former child soldiers and ending poverty in Africa.

Emmanuel Jal joins co-hosts Gilad Cohen and Simona Ramkisson this week to talk about his experience as a child soldier, his near death experiences trying to escape to Kenya, and how his struggles continued after escaping the South Sudan. As well as these struggles inspired him to become a hip-hop artist, he goes into detail about how music became an important platform for his causes, and how it reached an audience he could have never imagined. Gilad, Simona and Emmanuel also discuss Kanye West and the sharp contrasts in attitudes between the two artists.

Fundamentally, Emmanuel Jal discusses how he turned a life of unimaginable violence into one filled with hope. As well as what we can all do to make the world a more compassionate place.  You can’t miss this very special episode of the Hum.

To follow Emmanuel Jal’s music and charitable work, visit his website.

Hosted by Gilad Cohen (Founder, JAYU) and Simona Ramkisson, produced and edited by Brandon Fragomeni and Alex Castellani. Associate Producer: Ron Ma.

The show is a JAYU production. JAYU is a Toronto-based charity that shares human rights stories through the arts. JAYU has an annual Human Rights Film Festival, a photography empowerment project and more. You can learn more about JAYU here.

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