Apr 202018
 

This research will highlight the best Musicians during and before war struggle against the Sudanese regime and how their music inspired the entire population to excel from the total debilitation to emancipation. The effort taken by them inspired and paved ways for South Sudanese. However, some of them were threatened, killed by Sudanese government whilst some seek asylum in foreign countries due to domestic masses they engaged in music about the suffering of southern Sudanese (now South Sudan).

The contribution they had exhausted gave south Sudanese soldiers momentum to perpetually fight for their freedom.Most of them sang in their mother tongues though it was hard for other tribes to understand the language and the message. It takes a lot for an artist to truly register in the popular imagination and earn a reputation for being famous, becomes veteran and etc,… (Though that designation is applied far more casually in the art world itself). The truth is, to be renowned as an artist (veteran) means that your work has stood the test of time, boldly and rationally without fear in most times needed, and that’s true for the figures mentioned here.

Here is the list below

1. Nyankol Mathiang
Commonly known as Theresa Nyankol Mathiang Dut. She is South Sudanese from Abyei who started her music in the late 60s. Nyankol started recording four songs in Dinka in the 1960s and that was her first appearance in the Music Industry with her friend Anok who was later killed in bloodshed the by the Sudanese government. “She was a freedom fighter using her musical talent to educate people of South Sudan politically and culturally as early as the 1960s. She first recorded her first song in Radio Juba and Omdurman in Khartoum. Her songs became popular revolutionary’s songs in SPLA frontlines in southern Sudan. She learned both Arabic and English before being taken to Canada by Late Dr. John Garang. She has a beautiful voice with the song title” why Abyei Left out?”

She died on 24 Sept 2012 in Juba.

2. Emanuel Kembe
Emanuel Kembe is outstanding South Sudanese from Wau who sings in both English and Arabic languages. His music is very popular countrywide and he is known for being one of the best musicians of all times with his 2011 song titled” Let’s us Celebrates”. Nevertheless, Kembe music will go down in History as inspiration to the youth and dedications to all the heroes and heroines whose blood has cemented our national foundation.

3. John Kudusay
Known on stage as John Kudsay, Ngong Longar Mou from former Northern Bhar El Ghazal started his music career in the 1980s when he was an SPLA soldier at that time. John Kudsay is an undisputed artist whose voice attracted every audience and revolutionaries artist who’s his songs in the early 2000s predicted what just happened currently in South Sudan. Among his songs was the song title” if we don’t work we shall be moving with money on hands and nowhere to buy food” and the song also in Dinka Language was” if the leadership is given to weak leader then the nation would fall into ocean” however, I’m thinking what does he really mean in his second song in regard to current situation.
4. Emanuel Jal
Born in a Nuer family in the village of Tony Warrap state in the Bahr el Ghazal region of Sudan (now South Sudan), Jal was a young child when the Second Sudanese Civil War broke out. Jal spent several years fighting with the SPLA in Ethiopia, until war broke out there too and the child soldiers were forced back into Sudan by the fighting and joined the SPLA’s efforts to fight the government in the town of Juba. “Many kids there were so bitter, they wanted to know what happened to them. And we all wanted revenge. Through his music, Jal counts on the unity of the citizens to overcome ethnic and religious division and motivate the youth in Sudan. After escaping to Kenya, he fell in love with hip-hop in the way that it identified issues being faced by the neighborhood, which he was able to identify in a unique manner. Although he lacked any music background or knowledge of its history, he felt that hip-hop could provide the easiest and most effective vehicle to express his story and lobby for political change.

5. Akut Kuei
Bol Deng and his friend combine in what was so called Akuei which means “ Group of Eagles.” These two guys sing oral songs in Dinka Language and they sang some of the courageous, dedicating songs of all times in the history of Sudan. Their Motivation support to SPLA/M kept their momentum and struggle to continue fighting against Sudanese government boldly. They advised many South Sudanese in Khartoum to turn out in large numbers to support their brothers and sisters in the front rather than sitting with an enemy in Khartoum. Many people would question how Akut Kuei made it into top five but the reality is that their contribution made a great impact on South Sudan liberation struggle musically.

6. Gordon Kong
This is the guy who shocks everybody with his natural gift talent despite being disabled with no eyesight.However, he is able to sing in English and Arabic but to my surprise is how he learned these two international languages with his disability. He is a Naath (Nuer) born from unity state. His music inspired many people and he will be remembered for his double gift talent.

7. Franco
“Yala ya wathan” this song goes crazy during the war of Panthou, a town in Ruweng State between Sudan and South Sudan in 2011. The song is about the border disputes. This Put Franco among the top best veteran musicians of all time.

8. Nyanchan
Nyanchan is Shilluk born lady from Malakal and she began her music some decade back and she was one of the best singers of good quality music with her sweet voice attraction. Nyanchan portrayed and lectured many south Sudanese not to forget their wherever they go as it is the sign of human roots.
9. Johnson Jok Lal
Johnson Jok is a Dinka Padang from Upper Nile who started his music early 1993 in his town Kourflous. Jok Lal was inspired by his grandfather and uncles who sings traditional cattle songs in his child time. Jok Lual’s interest in Music started in his 20s and he has been outstanding since then. He won the best artist last year in 2017 in Uganda.

9. Andro Bol Deng
“Nyandit Rot wany Karem” – meaning girls who bleach. This undisputed musician of 1980s was known for his critical song which criticized many south Sudanese who abandoned their culture and adopt new culture of bleaching, ignoring their natural skin colour and marketed concept of black colour being a ‘bad colour’. This guy played significant roles during those days in Khartoum and hence yields great impact to south Sudanese culture.
10. Larson Angok Garang.
The Aweilian born talent singer who has boldly stood on his feet to tell leaders who promoted corruption and remained unchanged always. Larson Started his music Careers in 1989. His stunning voice with meaningful songs has held support from masses and this prompted him to be one of the best veteran artists of all time.

 

In conclusion, Some might negate, criticize the research how I come up with this finding without categorically understand the different between “Best and Veteran” however this made list is investigated for a very long time without tribal cognitive attached nor favoritism in the place. I took time to study them simply because they are our references whose talent and dedication will go down in history.

The researcher is a South Sudanese Student pursuing Bachelor of Science honors degree in statistics and operations research at Great Zimbabwe University.

Mar 082018
 

2017 to date seemed to be a saturation time forSouth Sudanese musician. we have seen fewer singles or videos coming from them and that has something to do with the current economic state in the country.

But few musicians are burning the midnight oil to make sure the still on the lime limelight and one of those few hardworking musicians is Ater moniker Cool B. He released his second video of 2018 in less than 2 months.

His latest music video, Party Turned Up, shot in Kenya is definitely going to be a club banger as its all about turning up when yall out with friends and sh** and the South Sudanese vixens in the video turn the sexy all the way up for the video to this track.

Award-winning Cool B went versatile this new music video, he didn’t leave out his East Africa fans as he sings in Luganda and some bits of Swahili.

Watch the video and TURN UP!!!

 

Jan 082018
 
Ijur

A new music video by an upcoming artist, Lomerikason Bulda has caused a stir on social media. the video shot and directed by studio34 featured actress Ijur Agok aka Sco Honey.She is seen getting ‘too comfy’ with Lomerikasan, the son of LT Col. Enosa Gama the legendary musician, Lomerika and the founder of Lomerika Jazz Band.

Sources close to Lomerikasan alleges that Sco Honey is not in a relationship with the musician in the video.

“Sco is a friend to Lomerikasan and she was just a video vixen and nothing is happening between them,” the source said.

James Sekwat known to music fans as Lomerikason Bulda is the son of LT Col. Enosa Gama the legend Musician Lomerika and the founder of Lomerika Jazz Band.

Bulda, a music producer and a radio presenter at Eye Radio follow his father musical steps and he is making strides in the industry. He is a graduate of El Mashreq University in Khartoum, Sudan where he graduated in telecom engineering

Dec 182017
 
Yogo Man

Dancehall artist Yogo Man is a troubled man currently after his new video was banned from playing on government-owned TV station SSBC, besides his outstanding dancehall rap technique impressing many.

Managers to the TV station termed Yogo Man’s new video as being too raunchy and not fit to be displayed for viewing on the TV station since South Sudanese people are too conservative about their moral standards and hence do not promote display of western cultures on their screens.
This is not the first time such an incident has occurred. Some years back ago, viewers phoned a live music program on TV expressing their anger and complaining about the kind of music videos that were being played by the TV station. They argued that the music videos were not good for public viewing because girls in the videos were dancing in a compromising manner with half of their bodies exposed (naked).

The video which goes by the name “Tic Tac” produced by Willy Entertainment has received massive criticism for being so raunchy as well as a large following as some claim they see nothing wrong with the video as long as the dancers are not naked citing that the world is changing and some things are becoming a norm.
Twerking, which gained popularity in recent years is quickly being adopted as a dancing style in most music videos by many music artists in their music videos and has been seen as a way of getting many views and downloads. It has become a norm in the western countries and several other African countries to the extent of “twerk” competitions being held openly.

In Yogo’s video, beautiful girls are seen “twerking” off their “assets” while dressed in shorts and thus maybe the name “Tic Tac” with part of their thighs and legs as well as part of their stomach region exposed and thus the reason why it was banned for being raunchy.
Despite the music video being banned for viewing by SSBC, it is still available on YouTube and can be accessed using the following link. https://youtu.be/SclLR77VDVl.

South Sudan citizens have got moral values with a rich foundation and thus maybe a reason why they don’t allow raunchy and compromising videos to feature in their screens.

Watch the video here:

Oct 272017
 
Dynamq ft. Voice of South-Sudan

Dynamq is one artist who always grabs opportunities to do something good to better South Sudan music industry. After a successful concert dubbed ‘Peace Concert’  in Juba, he rallied a number of South Sudanese to featured on his remake of his ‘Yal Deh’ song.

He headlined the video along with great names in the industry like Kawaja Revolution, Silver X, WJ De King, Mr. Lengz, Stars Eagle, MT7 among others. The video also features Children out of Conflict.

watch the video:

Aug 252017
 
Jubek State students

The South Sudan National Examination Council says it plans to fully unify the management process of primary examination in the school year 2017/2018.

Speaking during the release of the South Sudan Certificate of Secondary Examination results for the school 2016/2017 in Juba today, the Secretary General of the National Examination Council Lul Ruei Dhol said when fully unified, the states will only be required to supply details of their candidates along with the examination fees while the rest of the stage of examination will be handled by the secretariat.

Dhol said in the school year 2016/2017, the secretariat partially unified the management process of the primary school examinations in the country by printing the question papers for all the states and issuance of certificates to 31, 000 successful candidates.

He said in the academic year 2016/2017, a total of 19, 487 candidates were registered for both primary and secondary examinations in which all the examinations commenced on 6th March 2017 and ended on 24th March 2017.

After all the scripts were transported to Juba right after the conduct of the examination they were stored for three months due to lack of funds. He said President Kiir personally intervened and asked the council of ministers to approve a supplementary budget to complete the rest of the stages.

Dhol noted that in the 2017/2018 school year the secretariat will only offer secondary examinations based on the South Sudan curriculum which is in compliance with the National Examination Council Resolution No. 6.

Copyright © 2017 The National Courier

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Aug 222017
 
Emmanuel Kembe

South Sudanese music legend Emmanuel Kembe rocked South Sudanese community in Australia over the weekend with his songs that emphasize peace in the country.

In a video of the show seen by media, fans were dancing and screaming to Kembe’s songs like “celebrate’ which is a popular song among South Sudanese in the country and abroad.

Women, yelling, men dancing and those with smart phones were seen capturing the moment as Emmanuel Kembe performed in Melbourne on Friday.

Saturday was another fun day for the community of Perth where the legend has his last performance at Sillican Club, a famous hangout for Africans living in Australia.

Maluk Jameson who attended the Saturday show told the Juba Monitor in a Facebook chat that it was a blast and he wished the legend would stay longer in Australia.

“I heard some people say that it was fun in Melbourne to me it was a blast in Perth where I believe Kembe has more fans,” Maluk said.

Freeman Morgan, a Liberian living in Perth said that he heard a lot about the legend and was not disappointed by what he witnessed after Kembe appeared on stage.

“A lot of my friends from South Sudan told me a lot about Emmanuel Kembe, I heard his songs which are so great and when he jumped on stage, I was seeing a star, to be honest to me he is one of Africa’s stars,” said Freeman.

Bossmaan Sounds, the company that sponsored Emmanuel Kembe’s Australian events is also taking the “Amarula” hit maker Roberto to perform to the South Sudanese community in Australia next month.

Aug 222017
 
Emma 47 dead

A dozen of South Sudan got together a few months ago to shoot a music video in memory of slain musician, Emma 47 who was killed along Juba -Nimule road ambush by rebel loyal to the exiled rebel leader, Riek Machar.

The video featured his long time girlfriend, friends, and musicians. The likes of Queen Zee, MT7, Travy, Rover, Max Jay,Rasta Jimmy among others.

The emotional video was shot by FilmzPro.

Watch the video here:

Aug 042017
 

When we thought that ‘Original First Lady’ Mary Boyoi has got over her breakup with Dancehall artist, Embra Tor, she surprised her music fans when she released a new song dubbed ‘Wasa wasa’ which seems to be firing shots at his ex-lover.

The song is allegedly dedicated to Embra Tor whom she broke out with now for months. The song Wasa Wasa which literally means ‘ Move Move’ kept fans wondering if the song is a diss dedicated to Embra Tor and her kawaja babies’ father.

We contacted Mary Boyoi for comment on the matter, but she was not picking her calls.

Listen to the song here:

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May 112017
 
Lil Jay

South Sudan’s music group Coozos Clan are back with a new music video Mira Tai.The song is a boom!

The song is dedicated to the late member of Coozos Clan, Lil Jay who was killed last year in a road ambush in South Sudan.

The video is directed by Obrezzy.

 Posted by at 10:14 am
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