Rapper, humanitarian, activist and actor Emmanuel Jal’s fifth studio album “The Key” was released on September 9, 2014. The new 13 track album includes collaborations with Grammy award winning artists Nile Rodgers and Nelly Furtado.
Jal was vaulted into global pop culture prominence after presenting his profound life story in both a book and documentary of the same name (War Child) which outlined his gripping journey, going from being a child soldier conscripted into a bloody civil war, into later becoming a noted humanitarian and chart-topping rapper.
“The Key” is Jal’s most ambitious and sonically adventurous music project to date. Recorded in Kenya, Uganda, London, New York, Connecticut and Toronto, and co-executive produced by the notable engineer Demacio “Demo” Castellon (Jay Z, Rihanna), “The Key” seamlessly blends traditional African music with contemporary urban, hip hop and global pop music rhythms, while incorporating EDM, reggae/dub, soul and Afro beat elements.
Other prominent collaborators on “The Key” include Darryl “DMC” McDaniels (Run DMC), the widely popular African Children’s Choir, Hit Room’s Anthony Marshall (Craig David), Roachie, Silvastone and Chris Adwar, and a number of burgeoning talents who reside in Jal’s new home base of Toronto, Jeff Gunn, Tanika Charles and Ian Koiter.
Additionally Jal co-stars with Reese Witherspoon in the Warner Brothers motion picture, “THE GOOD LIE” which tells the story about the journey of four young Sudanese refugees (based on The Lost Boys of Sudan) who win a lottery for relocation to the United States. The film made its debut to rave reviews at the Toronto Film Festival in September and will be released in the UK on March 13th, 2015.
Two songs from Emmanuel’s album (“Scars” and “We Fall”) will also feature on the Warner Brothers’ soundtrack from ‘The Good Lie’.
The Good Lie trailer…