South Sudanese Music

South Sudan has rich folk music that reflects the diverse cultures of the region. As well as traditional music South Sudan has produced many talented contemporary musicians who have helped promote South Sudan and the struggle of the people. It is also great popular music reaching audiences across the globe.

Below is information and links to some amazing contemporary artists from South Sudan : the legendary Gordon Koang, Emmanuel Kembe, Duop, Yaba Angelosi, Queen Zee and of course Emmanuel Jal.

Gordon Koang Duoth

Gordon Koang is a famous and well respected revolutionary Southern Sudanese singer and musician.  He has produced many songs with a message of peace.  He is loved by the people of South Sudan for attracting music lovers from across the world to Southern Sudanese music.

Click here to listen to the beautiful music of Gordon Koang


Duop is a singer/songwriter from South Sudan.  He is a member of the Nuer tribe and sings in the Nuer mother tongue.  In his songs he celebrates and endorses peace for the whole of Sudan.

Click here to check out a music video of Duop

Emmanuel Kembe

Emmanuel Kembe is a multilingual Reggae, Folk and Afro-Pop singer and song writer from Southern Sudan. He was driven out of Sudan because of his popular protest songs. Kembe fled to the United States where he continue to write songs that cries out for peace, justice and freedom in his homeland with simple messages of love and faith.

He was born in to a family with tradition in music. His grand father Kembe Millie was a well known folklore singer of the Gbaya (Keresh) ethnic group in Western Bahr El-Ghazal State in Southern Sudan. Music has become a natural aspiration and gift of Emmanuel Kembe.

Click here to listen to Emmanuel Kembe

Yaba Angelosi

Yaba Angelosi is a professional South Sudanese singer and entertainer based in the US who has performed exclusively in front of distinguished guests at places like The White House, Howard University, Sudan’s CPA celebration in DC and many more.   Yaba, the eldest child in the family of eight, was born in a small town of South Sudan, Juba. His family migrated to the United States in 2000 and ever since then, Yaba has been working tirelessly to establish his music career.

Check out Yaba’s Referendum Song ‘Time to Vote’ from January 2011

Queen Zee

A popular young female vocalist, Queen Zee is an up and coming South Sudanese music star.

Check out the song ‘Referendum’ by Queen Zee

Emmanuel Jal - Founder of Gua Africa

In the war-torn region of Southern Sudan, Emmanuel Jal was born into the life of a child solider. Through unbelievable struggles, Emmanuel managed to survive and emerge as a world-famous recording artist with a hit record under his belt. Called an artist “with the potential of a young Bob Marley” by Peter Gabriel, he has performed at Live 8 and Nelson Mandela’s 90th b-day concert. His music can be heard in major motion pictures, TV, and he’s been featured in major outlets like TIME, USA Today, NPR, CNN, MTV, & the BBC.

Check out Emmanuel’s We Want Peace song

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