September 15, 2019 South Sudan NEWS PORTAL

(AUSTRALIA) – Erstwhile South Sudanese female singer Nyapal Lul fled her home country for Kenya in 2013 when the South Sudanese civil war began.

She applied for a visa protection while on a music tour in Australia in 2015 and stayed for five years without seeing them.

While Ms Lul may have been well-known for her singing in Africa, during the last four years in Australia she has been working in childcare and disability services.

It was while working at a childcare centre that she met local musician Xavia Nou, who encouraged her to perform again. 

Xavia Nou is an Australian multi-instrumentalist, looper and singer living in Alice Springs.
Xavia Nou is an Australian multi-instrumentalist, looper and singer living in Alice Springs. Photo: Xavia Music
Nyapal lul and family
Her youngest child, just 11 months old at the time, is now five; the children are being cared for by their grandmother in Kenya. Photo: ABC Australia

Xavia Nou checked her records over the internet and was immediately impressed by her music.

“She’s got this incredible catalogue of videos and music, she’s quite a prolific artistic and a beautiful singer with a traditional South Sudanese sound, and here she is in Alice Springs.”

The two women ended up working together as part of the She Sings project, produced by Ms Nou and featuring women singing songs and telling their stories.

In South Sudan, Ms Lul’s afro-beat pop style of music drew large crowds and she also performed for South Sudanese communities in Australia and the United States.

Nyapal Lul
One of her recent songs is called Never Give Up, about the conflict in South Sudan. Photo: ABC Australia

Ms Lul hopes her children will one day be able to join her in the Northern Territory.

“I am still waiting for the Australian Government to accept me to be a permanent resident here and then I can start to try and bring them here too,” she said.

“I just did the interview last month, so I am just waiting for the result.”

Ms Lul is hoping to one day bring her five children, who are in Kenya with their grandmother, to Australia to join her. (Supplied: Nyapal Lul)
Ms Lul is hoping to one day bring her five children, who are in Kenya with their grandmother, to Australia to join her. (Supplied: Nyapal Lul)
Nyapar Lul’s afro-beat pop style of music drew large crowds and she also performed for South Sudanese communities in Australia and the United States.
“It is not safe for me to go to Kenya because my government can come and take people from Kenya and take them home,” she said.

You can watch Nyapal Lul’s old songs on this YouTube channel.

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