Juba Eye recognizes a new rising Afro artist and RnB star by the name Mawien Ariik popularly known by stage name as ‘J. Rock’.
J. Rock like any other artist is a typical carrier of influence whether you believe it or not. Writing of his songs is well aware of it all and he intend to be that changing agent for a better workable society in South Sudan and beyond.
The sound and the messages artists release through their art form direct impact on our listeners and leaders in a powerful way. This is especially true of the youths and adults of our society, who are still extremely malleable to the world around them.
With subscription of J. Rock to the world’s young nation’s music industry, it is arguably shaking up and has posed worry of his future, overtaking the central stage of music-making in our nation.
I remember sitting in the car with my two little cousins, ages six and eight respectively in 2017.
When one of his recorded song ‘Nhialic Adai’ in Dinka dialect which means ‘God is watching’ came on the Eye Radio, they started singing every word joyfully at the top of their lungs with all lyrics perfectly followed.
I was shocked and it put me to shame in front of kids because I didn’t even know the song well let alone all the lyrics. This was my first justification on how music or artist like J. Rock has inspired the country just like the likes of late Nyankol Mathiang, Akut Kuei, Panchol Deng, Emanuel Kembe, Silver X, John Kudusay, Amira Deng as well as many others.
It began to shock me just imagining how acutely youth are being impacted by the music they listen to, and how much attention they’re paying on the music being played around them.
The tracks or the songs like ‘Yin Nhiar’ means ‘I love you’ and ‘Diar Kek a Pinynhom’ which also means ‘women are the world’ by J Rock caught much love and attention in the heart of citizens including government officials in the country. Something desirable and talking point as we speak through his old and new albums.
These tracks touched the nation and spoke to them in a more profound way. Radio stations cant even remember the number of people who request to listen to his songs daily in the country. Through music, many can define so much of their identities and potentials to revise the clock in their lives. It’s with no doubt that so many of us can identify with artists like J. Rock and others as being a keen agent of change be it politically, socially, and economically in shaping the type of people and leadership we all want to become over the years from now on.
Ironically, the findings of Juba Eye in regard to artist like J. Rock is not only seen as unifying factor but also ambitious young artist who admitted that it is their unspoken job to create a sound that will be amplified to the next generation to come for the betterment of locking up tribalism, corruption, injustices, gender inequality, peace, unity, love for one another, development, and tranquility to all of us in South Sudan, to Africa and the world.
He added that “if we can gain a more comprehensive approaches and awareness of how our art form is making a difference between us, then we can undoubtedly be united and become a better nation”. Culturally, the popular music of our day reflects and energizes the culture of our backgrounds.
In summary the songs he wrote intentionally carried positive messages and became anthems that declared hope and joy, triumphs over weaknesses, courage and love. They had greatly influenced and empowered the hearts and minds of our struggles as seen in war songs to Independence, and that is something to be truly taken as positive role by empowering women and changing the society.
So far, J Rock has released more than 3 music albums including ‘Turn to God” released in 2012, ‘Nhialic adai’ (God is watching) in 2017 and “Dhiar Kek a Pinynhom” which is his latest album.
You can watch and listen to all these songs on Youtube
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