Sunday, July 14, 2024

Diplo’s house and techno label Higher Ground further embraces the Afro House rhythms that are dominating dance floors around the globe with the release of Nitefreak and Emmanuel Jal’s “Gorah”. The track unites rising Zimbabwean star Nitefreak’s production with vocals from Emmanuel Jal, a South Sudanese artist, author, and former child soldier, who sings in Naath/Nuer, a language of the people of South Sudan and Western Ethiopia. 

“Gorah” follows up Nitefreak’s previous release on Higher Ground, “Kamili” with Francis Mercier, continuing Diplo’s mission to bring Afro-Centric rhythms to the global dance music community. With past releases including artists like DJEFF and Djibril Cissé, the label plans to continue supporting artists from the African diaspora into 2024. The track began with production from Nitefreak, who then shared the beat with Emmanuel Jal, an artist that he’s looked up to as a pioneer of the Afro house sound. Recorded in Kenya, Emmanuel’s lyrics deal with handling pressure, coping with ongoing global crises, and the importance of reaching out to support one another in challenging times. 

Bringing a truly fresh and unique approach, Nitefreak is at the forefront of the Afro House movement and the fastest-growing DJ/Producer coming out of Zimbabwe. He has received immense praise and support from Keinemusik, Gorgon City, Black Coffee, Pete Tong, and many other globally renowned acts. His musical journey began in 2009 as a self-taught DJ and producer, and he’s evolved and finely tuned his sound over the years. Part of the Deep Root Records family, he has collaborated with Francis Mercier, BLOND:ISH, and the three-time Grammy-nominated duo Amadou & Mariam remixing “Sete”, which currently has over 1 million streams.

Emmanuel Jal’s life started as a child soldier in Sudan until he was rescued by a British aid worker in Kenya, where he overcame a huge number of struggles to become an acclaimed recording artist and peace ambassador. Now based in Toronto, Emmanuel has released seven award-nominated studio albums and performed alongside Lauryn Hill, Nile Rodgers, Peter Gabriel, Nelly Furtado, and at Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday. He has been involved with a number of global charity organizations, including the British Council, the Child Soldiers Initiative, Amnesty International, and more. In 2008, a full-length documentary on his life, “Warchild”, was released, along with an autobiography of the same name.