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5.0 out of 5 stars The Peace Call & Deft Grooves of Ceasefire
Southern Sudanese Emmanuel Jal and Northern Sudanese Abdel Gadir Salim are the epitome of contrast. First, they represent the opposite ends of their country's political/religious, the former a young Christian, and Salim a Muslim and an elder of his country's music tradition.
Jal, now 25, was one of the thousand of young children forcefully removed from...
Published on 19 Feb 2006 by Juan Mobili

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3.0 out of 5 stars For those who like the world rap genre
Entertaining but not thrilling. If you like rap with a foreign touch to it or just a mix of world/African/Sudanese genres, this might just be your thing. For me it lacks a bit of explosion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Peace Call & Deft Grooves of Ceasefire, 19 Feb 2006
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Juan Mobili (Valley Cottage, NY USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Ceasefire (Audio CD)
Southern Sudanese Emmanuel Jal and Northern Sudanese Abdel Gadir Salim are the epitome of contrast. First, they represent the opposite ends of their country's political/religious, the former a young Christian, and Salim a Muslim and an elder of his country's music tradition.
Jal, now 25, was one of the thousand of young children forcefully removed from their homes by the insurgent guerrilla movement pitted against government forces. In Salim's case, having been brutally stabbed and barely surviving the attack of an orthodox Muslim man enraged with Salim's impious music, violence is no stranger.
Musically speaking, whereas Salim, Emmanuel Jal is an example of African music diving into Western music, most specifically his strong commitment to Hip-Hop. Salim is a consummate singer and oud player of Sudan's Folk music. So, "Ceasefire" besides not being a casual title, it is also a great album.
Proof of it, for instance are Jal's hip-hop influenced "Aiwa" -with its insistent percussion and dead-on rapping- or "Elengwen"-where the elder Salim trades verses with Emmanuel Jal-or "Gua," where chant-like choruses and an Eastern-leaning saxophone speak gloriously to one another. There are, also, more traditional Arabic songs, "Ya Salam" and "Lemon Bara" stand out, or you can sway along with the gorgeous "Asabi."
This is a stunning statement of two great musicians who could easily have chosen to remain enemies, but fortunately for lovers of great music anywhere in the world, they did not.
Recently, Sudanese rebel leaders and government ministers met to agree on a peace deal designed to end Sudan's 21-year civil war. If ever they hit a snag, they should play Ceasefire. Peace will have a better chance.
PS: You can find my in-depth review at futurosity.com
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3.0 out of 5 stars For those who like the world rap genre, 13 Jun 2013
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Entertaining but not thrilling. If you like rap with a foreign touch to it or just a mix of world/African/Sudanese genres, this might just be your thing. For me it lacks a bit of explosion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent mix of two Sudenese voices, young and old, 17 Jun 2009
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One based in more traditional music and one in hip hop, think the stories behind these two artists are interesting enough, but the album is a dancey move your feet affair, a few tracks could easily be played in clubs too.

Ace album, all tracks are good.
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