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Music can transform a wrong lifestyle, says Lakes artist


By Manyang Mayom

February 8, 2010 (RUMBEK) - The South Sudanese musician Marial Awuok Til Ajielkuei, a former soldier, jokes that he was so vocal even as a baby that his cries were a great annoyance to his mother.

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South Sudanese musician Marial Awuok Til Ajielkuei, a native of Yirol West County

Ajielkuei was born on a golden Sunday, July 16, 1978, at estate fifty (Halla kamsiin) in Yirol West County of Lakes State.

"I usually cried a lot when I was a small baby and my mother’s dreams were most annoyed in handling me. I proceeded from this annoying crier to become now a musician and I will build it further," he said.

Most of the local artists here are former child soldiers who took part in the liberation struggle. Ajielkuei said "I was born in a family of music; some people know about my father Col. Mark Awuok Til who composed songs for the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army."

"Music can change a wrong attitude lifestyle into a good lifestyle – I need Lakes state government to listen to music daily as well as its youth to compose local songs so that they can see change that they most want," he said.

Marial Awuok Til Ajielkuei began his music career some time back in 1989 with a band known as Red Army Nizal Jazz Band or Frika Mangok Afrika in the Panyido Refugee Camp in Ethiopia. He started by playing drums, Thoom (Kasbah), then Adungu, a local instrument made of hide combined with timbers and nails. "I excelled in playing it in Kakuma Refugee Camp as from 1995 to 2002," he recalled.

The artist says he has composed 47 songs so far of which he has recorded 36. "Most of my songs are national songs mainly based on togetherness of the South Sudanese, memorial songs, love songs and praising songs," he said.

Ajielkuei obtained his education in Ethiopia at Panyido Refugee Camp beginning from 1990 to 1991. In 1999 to 2002 he managed to complete his Kenyan Certificated Primary Education (KCPE) in Kakuma Refugee Camp. In 2003 to 2006 Marial studied for the Kenyan Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) in Shiners Boys High School in Nakuru, Kenya. The musician is now present at the University of Juba at the Faculty of Education.


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  • 11 February 2010 04:01, by Acid

    I am always proud to see my former colleague in red-army succeeding; being in education or musical. I have suffered a lot in struggle, any success is great payback. Congratulations Marial!!

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    • 11 February 2010 06:44, by Nuerfudinka

      keep it up!!!mr.marial.

      No more canda Bongoman of congo in one of this day!thanks

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  • 11 February 2010 04:44, by James John

    I don’t blame God But sorry for shit!!!!!!!!

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  • 11 February 2010 04:49, by babadit

    I am always delighted for such men who talk about unity of the south, we always do the game, Bravo Marial continue the strongle that is how we all gone through to the top jobs.
    many thinks they can make to the roof through a shortcut.

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    • 11 February 2010 05:27, by wang

      You on to it Marial Awuok, we needing people like you who can highlights all those ongoing shits in our community.

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      • 11 February 2010 05:49, by BUSTA 2

        It is Nonsense,

        Why were you crying when you were baby? Does it mean you had no enough milk to take? Talk about an important issue among people than bring how you suffered man.

        Brother in Christ,

        Busta 2

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  • 11 February 2010 10:13, by makuei

    Another lack of what to report. Can a toddler be born and not cry or be a nuisance to its mum as Marial claims? A child who can never cry at infancy is not regarded normal.

    Mr. Marial, your good statement of using Music to transform our corrupted communities deserves applause from I, Makuei. However, do not over-state yourself on the media for this may portray you as either childish or someone not knowing what you are up to.


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    • 10 August 2010 02:16, by Moses Dhieu Paul Dhal

      Brother Makeui your comment about our young talented Marial Awuok is completely childish. It seems you were not there when he started his musical career back 20 years ago. I can assure you from know i was there when it began, what he said is true and accurate.
      So, if you want more about him ask one of your relative who was there in Pinyudo at the time.

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