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South Sudan artist rocks Bor Town


By Philip Thon Aleu

July 20, 2009 (BOR TOWN) – A local artist sang for leisure-seeking residents of Bor Town on Sunday night, boasting in one song that Abyei is southern territory.

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Musicians in Bor town on July 19, 2009; Aluel Dhol Deng (left) and Johnson Jock Lal (right).

Johnson Jock Lal, who was born in Khorfulus, Jonglei State, is on the first ever tour to capital Bor Town. He was accompanied by Aluel Dhol Deng, a developing female artist from Aweil in Northern Bhar-el Ghazal. Ms. Aluel attracted a tremendous crowd of young people when her song lauded her home town to this end: a music talent from Mading Aweil to be enjoyed Mading Bor.

For Johnson, who had sold thousands of albums in the Dinka and Arabic languages, his presence here was a long-awaited. Hundreds of people gathered at While Nile Hotel at dusk for the entertainment that ended just past midnight. With the entry fees of 10 Sudanese Pounds, most young people made it to see Mr. Johnson who had composed liberation, love and unity songs for among the Southern Sudanese and beyond.

At the sideline of the night dance, Johnson, 33, told the Sudan Tribune that he composed his first song ten years ago in 1999, but had kept many songs to himself while 13. Married with children, Mr. Johnson described his talent as inborn, but he says that fellow Southern artists like John Kudusay, Nyankol Mathiang and Gordon Kong motivate him further.

“I usually chat with them and I like their songs,” he said when asked of close friends who inspire his work.

The artist Nyankol, who has inspired Mr. Johnson, was born in the contested oil-rich region of Abyei. She composed songs that sought clarification from Southern leaders for why Abyei was left out of Southern Sudan even though it is a Dinka land. Johnson seconded this in his song that Abyei really is a Dinka land. The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) is to rule on Wednesday, July 22 on whether Abyei is a southern territory.

The music industry is highly admired by young people who grew up in exile during the war but home productions are less popular. However, having one event at night in Bor Town, where deeply rooted cultural norms reject such entertainments, attracted all ages of people. Foreign tapes are highly preferred by youths but the elderly and villagers always prefer local musicians.

Typically, local artists dwell on themes of liberation and traditional division of people with each tribe or clan claiming superiority in bravery and such sorts of thing.


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  • 21 July 2009 04:19, by oshay

    It’s highly irresponsible to sing about Abeyi at this very sensitive time. If Abeyi hopefully goes to the North so that they can actually do something with the oil money that will come out from it, we southerners should be prepared.

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    • 21 July 2009 05:27, by Kur

      They sing for Abyei because it is their land. It is that simple. whether you like it or not you can’t stop them. They have stood against the most devil man in the world, Bashir, regardless of anything and they will proclaim their freedom in broad daylight.


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      • 21 July 2009 05:59, by oshay

        Bashir made peace with the South there were many people in the NCP that didn’t want that and if you replace him they’ll have a tougher more hard line leader that will begin to question as to why the Southerner christian that make 5% of Sudan get 50% of the oil money!!!!!!

        Bashir broke away from Turabi who wanted to continue the war to find a peaceful solution.

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        • 21 July 2009 14:49, by Jay

          Oshay, you better tells your uncles in power in Khartoum to save all the Oil money for their children’s future. If you guys are smart, you’ll do so.

          That oil money is not going to be there forever.
          Good luck

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      • 21 July 2009 09:30, by Zaka

        Actually why do Abyei musician sings for Abyei alone why not whole Sudan? Even though there are some dispute among the people of the Sudan they should sing for whole Sudan.I think they might need money from their offices but it will not work.Stop that guys it seems like you are racist.

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        • 22 July 2009 10:38, by Johnny

          You stills don’t know why Dinka Ngok Dinka are always composing songs about Abyei? How did the World come to know Abyei history (in your country) and you don’t know it? I am not Abyei borned by the way, but their history has inspired me and the World I know.

          I may just laugh for your word "racist" because I don’t see any racist comments under this article. if you just sufferring from your own, keep it on your own.

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    • 21 July 2009 06:27, by gam042

      what do you want them to sing? abyei is their land, i don’t know why they take the matter to the court. please jallaba leave abyei alone and in turn dinkas leave equatoria alone.

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    • 21 July 2009 07:36, by Wudutman

      Dear Oshay & Logic boy:
      Your time has come and you will run to Uganda or autralia while we the strongest heros will remind here in Sudan even though there is tention in Abyei as it is now , we will not srounder, but next time you will Kneel down for begging the southernes oil than buying with your cash. Feel ashame oshay your team in the north is going to faile and you will run to exile what i know and you logic you will die sadamma when the Abyei was issue to the south.
      By Wudutman.

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    • 21 July 2009 09:46, by Aduol Liet


      Abyei will not go Northern Sudan for sure. Is there any one knows what Abyei mean? This is a original belong to Dinka Ngok and they are part of Bhar el Ghazal belief me.

      Aduol Liet.

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    • 21 July 2009 17:35, by Dhieu Dok Minyang Monyjok


      Your mother was undercover prostitute that used to bitch with Arabs. As a result, you were born unintentionally and grew up without any parental care. Having no money to raise you, you were then dumped to the mosque to be taken care of by a Imam from Omdurman. That is the reason you are apreciating all that comes from Beshir.

      In fact, you are a child out of wedlock, islamized and lacking sense of humanity. You muklut, shut up and leave southerners alone.

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    • 21 July 2009 17:37, by Dinka Aliap Chawul

      Oshay.Does your criticism has no boarders even with people who are doing their duty of which they got names "musicians"?.Please leave mr Kur & musicians to care-out their works honorably.

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    • 21 July 2009 19:50, by Mayom Mading Agau

      Music expresses love and patriotism in the mine of every patriot. And i don’t understand why Oshy is against it. Oshy, why are you always so jealous with what Southerners are doing in their indiginous land of origin?
      We regard everyone as Sudanese regardless of race, religion, and where one comes from, yet you don’t cooperate but expediting hatred among Sudanese. Do you think it’s not waste of time?

      "So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they’re busy doing things they think are important. This is because they are chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning, said Morrie."

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    • 22 July 2009 17:24, by mohamad adam

      i wonder and i failt to understand the way people think
      brother music has no tribe no nationalit
      many musicians from north sudan sang for the south and the beauty of south sudan does this mean that noor al jailani will carry juba or yaiy on his back and head with it to al kadaro?
      i suggest the coments on this site should be subjected to verification to assertin the impact and the bad impression whhich leadves on some ones heart specialy the none sudanese because some coments are just laughable and for sure 90" of the coments does not reflect the opinion of southerners i know them very well they are not abusive and speciali dinka men
      and what is surprising me the fact that all the comentors are men why?

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  • 21 July 2009 04:48, by Akol Liai Mager

    But the real question is; how can Baggara’s Meseriah Sing about Abyei without knowing the meaning of the name and the nature of the land habitants’s origin?

    Baggara must make a choice between two options, they must decide whether they belong to where they spent 9 Months; or where they spent 3 Months a year.

    Fot Baggara losing Abyei; both Old and New Sudans citizens would have nothing to lose should northerners Vote for separation in 2010 Elections.

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    • 21 July 2009 07:21, by KingJared

      Oh, that’s nice. Keep it up.



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      • 21 July 2009 18:39, by kalkada

        Geographically I can say I’m from north, but I’m not supporter of Omer Bashir or supporter of Kiir
        I’m supporter of Christianity in Sudan. My question to Oshay where and how did you get 5% figure of Christian in Sudan? Did you get from NCP census book or Nimeri census book? I lived in most of the northern four largest cities and I can say that Christian is more than 5% without Christian in south Sudan. Wake up my friend, Christianity spreading throughout northern Sudan including Darfur, people are coming to Christ, they can see the light praise to God.

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