"Music is the place I get to see heaven again. It's the place I get to release the pressure that is almost blowing me up," he said.
The former "Lost Boy" of Sudan is now settled in Toronto and working with high-profile artists like Nelly Furtado and Niles Rodgers on his new album, The Key.
Jal is in Montreal for a show Saturday night at the PHI Centre — an event that will showcase the many talents of the former child soldier.
Jal now has a well-established music career. He also has a role in Quebec director Philippe Falardeau’s The Good Lie, which opens this weekend in Montreal.
The Good Lie is a story about young Sudanese refugees who fled civil war as orphaned children and are trying to adapt to life in the US.
This Falardeau’s first feature film since the Oscar-nominated Monsieur Lazhar.
On Oct. 18, Jal will be on hand at the PHI Centre for a free screening of the movie followed by a conversation with American journalist and culture critic Ferrari Sheppard and a performance of songs from The Key.
Tune in to Cinq à Six this Saturday at 5 p.m. to hear the full feature interview with Jal. Check out a clip from that interview below.
On mobile? Listen to Jeanette's interview with Jal here
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