Magazine article New Internationalist

Ceasefire

Magazine article New Internationalist

Ceasefire

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Ceasefire by Emmanuel JaI and Abdel Gadir Salim (Riverboat/World Music Network TUGGED 1038 CD)

For all those jaded with the way that rap's vibrant promise is so often hijacked by a tired litany of 'guns and gangsta' imagery, it's time to meet Emmanuel JaI and Abdel Gadir Salim. These two Sudanese musicians really know something about war-and want to use music to effect a change for peace. Given its context-Ceasefire comes out of the ruins of the Sudanese civil war, in which JaI, from the Christian south, was a child soldier - this is astonishing.

Better still, Ceasefire has its own musical ideas, with Abdel Gadir Salim, an oud player and composer from Kordofan province in the north, coming into his own with his band, the Merdoum All-Stars. These fuse brass, percussion and merciless beats into a dance music that can stand beside MC Solaar or Morv Kanté, JaL backed UD with his Reborn Warriors rap crew, has a mellifluous approach. …

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