Now, about a decade later, Jal pours his experience into the songs of WARchild. The title cut leads off the album, telling the basic story to a Bob Marley-meets-hip-hop beat, peppered with gunshot sound effects and mournful singing in Gua, Jal’s native language.
Not everything here is about the war in Sudan: “Skirt Too Short” deals with immodesty, “50 Cent” rails against that rapper’s penchant for violence and “No Bling” is a similar commentary about negative rap in general. Jal clearly has immense talent, in particular on a unique cover of Jimmy Cliff’s “Many Rivers to Cross.”
WARchild is currently available.