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Published on Nov 2, 2015
EMMANUEL JAL, the Toronto based Hip Hop Artist was born into the life of a child solider in South Sudan. Through unbelievable struggles, Emmanuel managed to survive and go on to emerge as a recording artist, achieving worldwide acclaim for his unique style of hip hop with its message of peace and reconciliation born out of his personal experiences.
The video for ‘Scars’ was shot on location in the slums of Kibera, Kenya by celebrated Canadian director Daniel Palmer with ‘The Field’, and funded by MUCH FACT. The video premiers through MUCH MUSIC on Monday 26th October before being released worldwide on Monday 2nd November.
‘Scars’, the stunning ballad written with Grammy award winning Canadian artist Nelly Furtado is released off Emmanuel’s 5th JUNO nominated studio album ‘The Key’, where all proceeds are driven into Emmanuel’s African social enterprise ‘The Key is E’.
Track Produced: Marshall for Hitroom Recordings Music: Nelly Furtado and Jeff Gunn Lyrics: Nelly Furtado and Emmanuel Jal Guitar: Jeff Gunn Bass: Ian Koiter
Music Video Director: Daniel Palmer (Grandson & Son) Production: 'The Field' with J.Blessing Location: Kibera, Kenya Funded by MuchFACT
2015 Gatwitch Records Inc. www.gatwitchrecords.com
Verse 1 I’m a trouble, I’m a trouble, I’m a troubled child. Could you see my smile? I walked many miles My story’s the Nile. I know what is mine, I don’t live in denial. Ahhhhhhhhhh
Chorus My scars are what got me this far And now I can touch the stars Coz it don’t matter who you are Who you are We’ve all got scars.
Verse 2 As a little girl Painted my whole world With a strange palette, but a palette that was mine And if I felt pain, I washed it away With the melody and a smile It worked every time
Chorus My scars are what got me this far And now I can touch the stars (every star) Coz it don’t matter who you are Who you are
My scars are what got me this far And now I can touch the stars Coz it don’t matter who you are Who you are We’ve all got scars
Verse 3 Walaah Chi shodah wang [My leg is burned] Walaah [Light] Chi lojda wang [My heart Is burned] Walaah [Light] Chi tedah wang [My hand is burned] Walaah walaah [Light, light] Chi wijdah wang [My head is burned] Oh walaah walaah [Oh Light, light] Nguodah Bomah [Am still strong] Oh walaah walaah [Oh Light, Oh light] Lojdah bome [My heart is strong] Oh walaah walaah [Oh light, light] Power to the people Walaah walaah [Light, light] Power to people Oh walaah walaah [Light, light] Power to people Walaah walaah Walaah walaah [Light, light, light, light]