Emmanuel Jal: The music of a war child

www.ted.com For five years, young Emmanuel Jal fought as a child soldier in the Sudan. Rescued by an aid worker, he’s become an international hip-hop star and an activist for kids in war zones. In words and lyrics, he tells the story of his amazing life.TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Featured speakers have included Al Gore on climate change, Philippe Starck on design, Jill Bolte Taylor on observing her own stroke, Nicholas Negroponte on One Laptop per Child, Jane Goodall on chimpanzees, Bill Gates on malaria and mosquitoes, Pattie Maes on the “Sixth Sense” wearable tech, and “Lost” producer JJ Abrams on the allure of mystery. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, and TEDTalks cover these topics as well as science, business, development and the arts. Closed captions and translated subtitles in a variety of languages are now available on TED.com, at http Watch a highlight reel of the Top 10 TEDTalks at www.ted.com

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25 thoughts on “Emmanuel Jal: The music of a war child

  1. dudewithalaptop

    very moving…tho i gotta say the end with this jumpy young hip-hippy african guy performing to white old geeks was hilarious

  2. sugardeng

    right now tears are dropping dow ma face nd i am spechless…..i always believe what dont kill u makes u strong…nd thats what i am see!!!

  3. MizFrost

    I have recently become a huge fan of Jal.

    While the performance at the end of the video was by no means the same quality as the post production version of “Emma” on the Warchild album, let’s agree to give concession for a sound system set up for spealing, and not the sort of full-lunged, from the belly, enthusiastic stageplay Emmanuel puts forth.

  4. metallifan3091

    I think that the thing that strikes me more than anything else about this man is how authentic he is in his delivery of a message that he truly believes in. It is clear that he has suffered more than most of us in the Western world can really comprehend, and it is even more clear to me that he really is grateful for the work that Emma McCune did to save him and children like him. The joy that he expresses in his music is real; that isn’t something that can be said often about music today.

  5. redshield0

    Through all the struggle of humanity problems its people like Emmanuel Jal in this world who inspire other and make people see the only people who can defeat you is youself and anything is possible as long as you can dream…..KEEP IT UP EMMANUEL JAL YOU GIVE HOPE TO ALL WHO CAN’T SEE IT YET IN THEMSELVES YET THANK YOU

  6. hijaabiforlife

    THIS MADE ME CRY LIKE A BABY i am really SO SORRY for all that you had to go through…….and from a MUSLIM …I LOVE U ..and i hope the BEST for you

  7. samaelmagnus

    @OceanWushi , so all black men are brothers? you put to much emphasis on race when you should be thinking about species.

  8. 5oclocksundown

    I READ HIS BOOK!! oh my god i know this sounds corny, but i have never been so moved by someone! when he performed, he would give all his earned money to CASSY (an organization he started to support other Lost Boys of Sudan). It disgusts me how us Americans can go to a restaurant and eat one meal that would sustain those children for days. WE NEED TO HELP!

  9. arthaprana

    Blown away at this story and the message can be embedded in what we do on a daily basis. Tom copublisher Healthy Referral Newspaper

  10. BlackpoolBadger

    This man can really make you feel, as he tells the truth from his heart. His music is not amaizing, but the power it has is incredible. RIP Emma and massive respect to Emmanuel Jal. Keep up the work.

  11. ChanelleCC

    Absolutely amazing!. I have read his book, ‘War Child’… phenomenal story. He has a message for the world form where he has come from… he has seen the dark side of the soul and yet had the strength to come back from it. GUA AFRICA, his organization… great difference in the world that he has made it from the war of Sudan… Alive & successful in the end.

  12. pillowcase07

    this guy came to my school and talked to us just to let u kno emma is dead , she died in a car crash !!! :[

  13. UsitukaneMkunga

    Dr. John Garang spirit lives in Jar.

    Jar is one the ‘lost boys of Sudan’ who saw a hell of a war at young age.

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