It has been said that music is a weapon and a tool for revolution.
At a time when everyone needs to find a voice and speak up against oppression, poverty and war; every support that can be gotten is needed. And it is worthwhile.
People from different parts of the world have welcomed the contribution of the international music icon, Wyclef Jean, as he lends a voice in support of the Sudan revolution.
Apart from just speaking against the oppression in the country and showing support for the protesters, he has dedicated a track titled ‘Nubian Queen’, to the protests and revealed that the ongoing protests in the country were the chief inspiration behind the song.
“Music will always be the best way I know to express myself so I wrote this song for Sudan,” Wyclef said in a social media post on June 30, the same day that the Millions March protests took place across Sudan.
He further revealed on Twitter, the reason behind the track and the choice f the title ‘Nubian Queen’ which he said was the protests in Sudan. Most portions of the video have footages of protests in Sudan.
The protest movement started in December 2018 and led to the ousting of the long-serving leader, Omar Al-Bashir – who ruled the country for three decades.
Sadly, the junta that ousted him is currently refusing to hand over to a civilian government.
At the time of filing this report, it was unknown whether the song was a special dedication to 22-year-old Alaa Salah.
Alaa Salah gained recognition during the protests, with the media dubbing her the ‘singing protester’.
The young architecture student in Khartoum became the symbol of the protest movement in Sudan after pictures and video clips showed her singing on top of a vehicle inspiring a large crowd around her to support the protest and not relent until victory was achieved.
Salah told the Guardian she was happy that the image, taken on Monday evening at a demonstration in the Sudanese capital, had been viewed so widely.
“I’m very glad that my photo let people around the world know about the revolution in Sudan … Since the beginning of the uprising I have been going out every day and participating in the demonstrations because my parents raised me to love our home,” Salah had said.
Could this be the Nubian Queen that Wyclef Jean is referring to?
About Wyclef Jean:
Nel Ust Wyclef Jean was born on October 17, 1969. He is a Haitian rapper, musician and actor. At the age of nine, Jean emigrated to the United States with his family. He first achieved fame as a member of the New Jersey hip hop group the Fugees.
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