Saturday, January 31, 2009

Performances for Peace


Performances for Peace: A Diary of Darfur
February 6, 2009 at 7 pm at UNC's Memorial Hall

By the time Emmanuel Jal was seven years old, he was already fighting in the rebel army in Sudan. For five years, he fought in Sudan's bloody civil war.

Today, he is a child soldier turned hip hop artist, channeling his childhood pain into songs. Jal will be speaking at UNC- Chapel Hill's Memorial Hall on February 6th at 7pm. In 2008, Jal released a new album, "Warchild," and has appeared in film festivals to promote an award-winning documentary on his life. His autobiography will be released in the Spring of 2009.

UNC Students United for Darfur Awareness Now (SUDAN), a committee of the Campus Y, is hosting "Performances for Peace: A Diary of Darfur" in the hopes that Jal's narrative will inspire a community dialogue about the current genocide in Darfur.

Tickets are $3 for students (K-12 and college) and $5 for non-students. Proceeds from the ticket price will go directly to aid current refugees living in dangerous conditions in Sudanese camps.

The UNC Loreleis, Modern Inversions, Zankiliwa, and EROT will open for Jal. Penn Badgley and Blake Lively, stars of The CW's "Gossip Girl," are tentatively planning on hosting the event.

*Tickets go on sale Jan. 29th at Memorial Hall Box Office and can also be bought in the Pit or from any SUDAN member*