South Sudanese artist and activist Emmanuel Jal will be performing at a benefit concert in Fayetteville, GA on October 16. Check out the press release below and drop by if you’re in the area!
Fayetteville, GA, September 26, 2012 – Fayette County’s first Any1Can WE WANT PEACE Benefit Concert and Art Show will take place Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, at the Southern Ground Amphitheater, Fayetteville, GA. Tickets for lawn, general admission and VIP seats are available online. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., one hour before the music begins.
The festival-style event and benefit to raise money for schools in South Sudan will feature award-winning global recording star Emmanuel Jal, recipient of the 2011 Common Ground Award for his peace building work. Mr. Jal performed at Nelson Mandela’s ninetieth birthday celebration and with Beyonce for a special event at the United Nations. His widely acclaimed pro-peace, hip-hop anthem “We Want Peace” is a statement against genocide and call for world peace. The video features Alicia Keys and Peter Gabriel, George Clooney and President Jimmy Carter. Mr. Jal’s latest album “See Me Mama” was released in the U.S. in September 2012.
During the Oct. 16 concert, Mr. Jal will perform We Want Peace and singles from his latest album. For select songs, he will be joined by specially invited members of bands, orchestras and choruses from Fayette County High School, Whitewater High School, Sandy Creek High School, Flat Rock Middle School, and Bennett’s Mill Middle School. In this musical collaboration, students will be recognized as “Voices of Change.”
“The voices of youth are very important to achieving a peaceful world,” said Mr. Jal. “The Atlanta area is a region known for the arts. I’m glad to be part of such a ‘peace happening’ and have talented young people in Fayette County jam with me for peace.” While here for the concert and art show, Mr. Jal will also speak at Emory University and The Carter Center.