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Former War Child to Perform at Winnipeg Folk Festival

June 28, 2012 6:47 AM | Entertainment

By Tyler Sutherland

Emmanuel Jal

Internationally renowned hip hop artist Emmanuel Jal will perform at the upcoming Winnipeg Folk Festival.

Jal, who grew up in southern Sudan when the second Sudanese civil war broke out, has risen above life in a war-torn country to find success with music.

“The festival is honoured to host someone like Emmanuel Jal,” said Chris Frayer, the Folk Festival’s artistic director. “His story of survival as a war child in Sudan and his subsequent rise to being an international music star is one of the stories of inspiration we would like to share with our audience.”

Jal will perform on Friday, July 6 at 9 p.m. on the Big Blue @ Night stage. Prior to that, Jal will join Billy Bragg and others for the You Got To Fight For Your Right workshop at 4 p.m. on the Green Ash stage, and will be at Big Bluestem stage on Saturday for Stand Together at 12:45 p.m. On Sunday, he’ll host the workshop Inter-continentals at 11 a.m. on the Green Ash stage.

The Winnipeg Folk Festival runs July 4-8.