Songs of Experience


WAR BABY: Having found peace in music, Jal wants to bring it home

This month the album Help: A Day In The Life, recorded in just 24 hours by a roster of artists including Radiohead and Coldplay, became the biggest-selling download album ever. All the proceeds go to the charity War Child, which assists children affected by violent conflicts all over the world. The musicians involved have rallied to that cause, but only one fully understands the appalling realities of its mission: Emmanuel Jal, onetime child soldier in Sudan and now a fast-rising star of African rap.

Jal's new album, Ceasefire, released in Britain this week, is an appeal for peace,...

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