WATCH THIS: Taj Weekes “Janjaweed”

St. Lucian Reggae Artist Sings About Sudan’s “Devils on Horseback”

To  commemorate the independence of the Republic of South Sudan, Taj Weekes & Adowa present “Janjaweed.” The track is taken from his album A Waterlogged Soul Kitchen on Jatta Records.

The realization of this historic day is a testament to the tireless efforts of the people of South Sudan in their search for peace. But widespread violence against civilians continues in several regions in Sudan.

This video touches on the horror and violence the people of South Sudan and Eastern Chad have endured for decades at the hands of what the song calls “A malignant seed—janjaweed”… nomadic Arabic gunmen or so-called “devils who ride on horseback.”

This animated video—big shout to Digital Alchemy and Sidekick Creative—only hints at the gruesome story that lies behind the name but presents the issue so those who want to know more may seek it out themselves. For many, this song and video may be the first time they hear of the janjaweed and the devastation they’ve been perpetrating in Africa for nearly a decade. Check it…

Janjaweed from Taj Weekes on Vimeo.

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