From left, one of the photos of rapper K Denk, which he posted on his Facebook page.K-Denk, seated right, with two unidentified youths holding guns, in a photo the rapper posted on his Facebook Page on January 31. PHOTO | COURTESY
Former TPF contestant from South Sudan, K-Denk, finally landed in Nairobi last weekend from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Early last year, K-Denk was in the headlines after he posted pictures of himself holding an AK-47 as the conflict in South Sudan escalated.
He claimed in the caption that “they” had captured some towns with his fellow soldiers. Confirming the reports, K-Denk told Showbuzz that he had to fight to stay alive.
“I was in a dangerous place and people were being killed all over, we had to protect ourselves,” he said. K-Denk fled to Ethiopia later on.
“I have recorded some songs in Ethiopia and I’m here in Nairobi to promote the music and record some more,” he said.
There’s a lot you can say about Emmanuel Jal, his story is one of almost unparalleled narrative. Jal was a child soldier in South Sudan-turned-refugee, he later became a rapper and has now turned into an internationally-recognized spokesman for human rights. At his core, however, Emmanuel Jal (38) is still just a man making music; a ball of some strange creative energy that has to find release.
His latest album, Naath, released back in June 20 to coincide with World Refugee Day, is something slightly outside the box for him. This is a family affair, made with contributions for his sister Nyaruach, who currently resides in the Kakuma refugee camp in Turkana county, Kenya. OkayAfrica caught up with both Emmanuel Jal and his sister Nyaruach to talk about the Naath album, their first collaborative full-length record, the core of music and why creativity is vital to everyone.