South Sudanese Canada based artist Emmanuel jal has hit hard on Dinka musicians by undermining their academic level. He weighted their level of education with that of Equatorians and according to him, Dinka musicians are the worse academic-wise followed by Nuer Musicians.
Jal said the country is full of Dinka musicians of which some haven’t gone to school at all. Talking to Kenyan Kiss Fm on phone he said, ”I am not a tribal musician but our music industry is not booming because there are so many illiterate Dinka musicians such that the few who know what they are doing get their music drown into the big load of songs in the country hence no one gets a hold of their songs”
Jal continued saying that Nuer Musicians follow the Dinka musicians as they are almost the same only that Nuer Musicians are not as many as Dinka Musicians. He said Equatorian musicians venture in music when they are well informed with a bit of Educational background.
The interviewer asked him why he thinks Dinka Musicians are less educated than the rest of the musicians in the country and he defensively said, ”They are too many as I mentioned and majority of them haven’t ever set feet in school and I am talking of what I know”
he continued ”I can mention a lot of Equatorian Musicians who have gone past high school and a couple of Nuer musicians as well, but for Dinka I barely know of any musician who can complete a song without including a Dinka line in the lyrics”
Jal encourages all the musicians in South Sudan to keep grinding and try to get some schooling if at all they can access it. He said he understands that the country hasn’t been stable for every musician to acquire education but also he stressed that Music is not for everyone and Dinka musicians are just too many.
We contacted him on phone to reiterate his claim and yes he repeated himself without being shaking by a thing. We don’t know exactly if he is right or wrong but we digested his words and we leave it unto the public especially the dinka community to give their views about the allegation.
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