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South Sudan Hip-Hop Artist Focuses on Peace

25-year-old Juba-based hip-hop musician, Danny K, finds his inspiration in the legacy of US human rights advocate Martin Luther King, Jr and the music of Jay-Z

Hip-hop artist Kwany Dan Kwany, 25, was born in South Sudan’s Jonglei state, but only lived there for nine months before the war forced him to flee with his mother into exile in Kenya. It was a move that separated him from his father for more than two decades. Danny K, as he is better known to music fans in Juba, works as a presenter at radio station "Voice of the People," while attending Southern University where he is pursuing a degree in business administration. A presence on the South Sudan music scene for several years, his songs focus on the need for peace, especially in his troubled home state, which has seen over 1,300 people killed in inter-community violence in the past two months. He will launch his third album, “Million Reasons” in December of this year. Danny K sat down with VOA’s Mugume Davis Rwakaringi in Juba to talk about his inspirations and motivations as an artist.

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