In the war-torn region of Southern Sudan, Emmanuel Jal was born into the life of a child solider. Through unbelievable
struggles, Emmanuel managed to survive and emerge as a world-famous recording artist. Called a musician "with the potential of a young Bob Marley" by Peter Gabriel, he has performed at Live 8, G20 and Nelson Mandela's 90th b-day concert. His music can be heard in major motion pictures, TV, and he's been featured in major outlets like TIME, USA Today, Forbes, NPR, CNN, MTV, & BBC. Emmanuel is in high demand as a speaker and is also a spokesperson for Amnesty International and Refugees United.
Emmanuel has founded Gatwitch Records. Gatwitch stands for “child of the land” in Nuer (Naath), a language of a Nilotic ethnic group in Southern Sudan. The multi-national company based out of Toronto, Ontario aims to release and support a diverse range of Canadian and international artists who are socially conscious. Emmanuel has released four studio albums: Gua, Ceasefire, Warchild and See Me Mama.
In December 2010, Jal released 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.
Despite his accomplishments in music, 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.
Emmanuel has also founded Lose to Win which is a challenge that motivates individuals to lose something in order to win for the greater good and make a positive change for the world at large. Lose to Win supports 3 charities: Africa Yoga Project, My Start and Gua Africa.
Emmanuel is currently touring around the world; performing and sharing his experiences and personal message for peace in a quest to boost social and emotional learning amongst young people as they become active global citizens.
boost social and emotional learning amongst young people as they become active, global citizens.