Culture of South Sudan
The culture of South Sudan encompasses the religions, languages, ethnic groups, foods, and traditions of people in the African country.
Culture of Southern Sudan covers religion, languages, ethnic groups, food traditions of the peoples of Southern Sudan. National holidays: January 1 Independence Day (1956) movable date in July-October - Eid al-Miraj (Rajab al-Adha), a Muslim festival in memory of the night journey of the Prophet from Mecca to Jerusalem and back movable date in October and February - Muharram, the day of mourning for the Prophet Muhammad's grandson Imam Hussein moving date between late December and early February - Eid al-Adha (Kurban Bairam) movable date in March - August - Mawlid, the birthday of Prophet Muhammad movable date in late October - early November - Eid al-Fitr (Eid al-Fitr), the feast of breaking the fast, the final Ramadan June 30 Anniversary of the Revolution for National Salvation December 25 Christmas Day off - Friday, in the southern regions, where the spread of Christianity, - Sunday
Ethnic groups present in South Sudan include the Nuer, Dinka, Kakwa, Bari, Lugbara and Keliko people, Azande, Muru, Baka, Madi, Mundu, Avokaya, Jur people, Shilluk, Kuku, Murle, Mandari, Didinga, Ndogo, Bviri, Lndi, Anuak, Bongo, Balanda, Ottuho (Latuka and Lokoya people), Topossa, Lango, Dungotona, and Acholi.
Due to the many years of civil war, the culture is heavily influenced by the countries neighboring South Sudan. Many South Sudanese fled to Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda where they interacted with the nationals and learnt their languages and culture. For most of those who remained in the country, or went North to Sudan and Egypt, they greatly assimilated Arabic culture.
Most South Sudanese kept the core of their culture even while in exile and diaspora. Traditional culture is highly upheld and a great focus is given to knowing one's origin and dialect. Although the common languages spoken are Arabi Juba and English, Kiswahili is being introduced to the population to improve the country's relations with its East African neighbors.
Many music artists from South Sudan use English, Kiswahili, Arabi Juba, their dialect or a mix of all. Popular artist Yaba Angelosi sings Afro-beat, R&B, and Zouk; Dynamiq is popular for his reggae releases; and Emmanuel Kembe sings Folk, Reggae and Afrobeat. Emmanuel Jal is one South Sudanese music artist who has broken through on an international level with his unique form of Hip Hop and a positive message in his lyrics. Jal, a former child soldier turned musician received good airplay and album reviews in the UK and has also been sought out for the lecture circuit with major talks at popular talkfests like TED.
There are few female artists that South Sudan has produced so far. Reflections BYG is a Zouk artist whose first single "Ng'ume" means Smile. She performs the popular Jazz as well as Afrobeat and Hip Hop. Other artists include De-vine singing R&B and Zouk; Nyaruach on the Afro-beat and pop; Queen Zee is known for her rap music.
- South Sudan Football Association
- South Sudan national football team
- South Sudan national basketball team
- Sustainability Tank, Retrieved 9 July 2011
- Story on Emmanuel Jal in National Geographic http://worldmusic.nationalgeographic.com/view/page.basic/artist/content.artist/emmanuel_jal/en_US
- Emmanuel Jal uses music as therapy - story in the Toronto Herald, Published: Sun 8th August 2012, http://www.torontosun.com/2012/08/08/emmanuel-jal-uses-music-as-therapy
- Emmanuel Jal War Child BBC Album review, 16th May 2008, http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/g9zf
- TALK: Emmanuel Jal: The music of a war child on Video Link on TED, July 2009, http://www.ted.com/talks/emmanuel_jal_the_music_of_a_war_child.html