Emannuel Jal to Release Fifth Album in September
Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:28:42
Rapper, humanitarian, activist and actor Emmanuel Jal's fifth studio album The Key will be released on September 9, 2014 on Gatwitch/Universal.
The 13-track album includes collaborations with Grammy-winning artists Nile Rodgers (who produced the lead single "My Power") and Nelly Furtado (who appears on the duet "Scars" and "Party").
Emmanuel x Nile x Nelly? We dig.
Additionally, Jal will be co-starring 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 will make its debut at the Toronto Film Festival in September before being released wide on Friday, October 3, 2014.
Jal was vaulted into global pop culture prominence after presenting his profound life story in both a book and documentary of the same name, titled 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 album was recorded in Kenya, Uganda, London, New York, Connecticut and Toronto.
Other prominent collaborators on The Key include Darryl "DMC" McDaniels (Run-D.M.C.), 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.
Will you be turning The Key?