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Sudanese musician’s grateful voice reaches to White House

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January 5, 2009 (WASHINGTON) – Sudanese-born musician Eliz Chol Lam reached the White House with a song of thanks when visiting Southern Sudanese dignitaries presented her latest CD album as a gift to outgoing President George W. Bush.

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Lam’s music, sung in her native Nuer language with an upbeat and modern feel, expresses joy and gratitude to the Bush administration for its role in brokering a peace agreement for Sudan in 2005, ending a 22-year civil war.

"Thank you leaders, thank you George Bush, thank you for what you have done for the south Sudanese people," sings Lam in one track. "Now that our flag has arisen, there is really now a government" for South Sudan.

Bush received the CD during the visit of Salva Kiir Mayardit, the president of the autonomous Government of Southern Sudan (GOSS), who came to thank Bush on the fourth anniversary of the peace agreement and meet with aides of President-elect Barack Obama.

Born in the Upper Nile region on Sudan’s southeastern borderlands, Lam came from a family of singers and trained her young voice in her church choir. But the period of her upbringing was a harsh time for her people, she recalled in an interview. "I did not grow up in Sudan," she said, "because of war my father could find no food, no this, no that, so we moved to Ethiopia for the better conditions."

Her experiences strike a familiar chord with fellow southerners, some four million of whom were displaced during the war. "God help us, we are sick of wandering in the bush," she sings on the track We Thank You, from her 2007 album. "God help give us our country, we are sick of wandering everywhere, there is no place that we have not seen, because we don’t have a government."

Arriving in the United States in 2000, Lam marked the beginning of her singing career in 2002, when a ceasefire was signed in her home country. She has mostly lived in Omaha, Nebraska, home to the largest community of Sudanese in the United States.

The singer, who returned to perform in Sudan in 2007, cites diverse influences, from the popular Nuer musician Gordon Koang Duoth to American singer Mariah Carey. Other favorites include Ethiopian music, American country music and popular American R&B singers and rappers.

During her 2007 return trip, she performed in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, Southern Sudan’s capital of Juba and the towns Malakal and Nasir. "I cannot tell you how happy I was when I went, and even now," she said. "Too many people came to that performance" in Nasir, she said, "because they knew me before I went to Africa. They know my songs. When I went… it was crazy."

Though the singer traveled most recently for a performance in Alberta, Canada this September, she plans to continue working and performing in Omaha. Her songs voice optimism and praise for the leaders of Southern Sudan, including President Kiir and Vice-President Riek Machar: "Our country is good now, Salva Kiir and Riek Machar they brought us the peace agreement. God gave them the opportunity.”

"Let there not be any children or anyone carrying guns, or a spear or a knife, except those who work for the government or are military trained,” she sings. “Let the children all go to school, so we can have doctors to treat our sickness and we can have technology to develop the country."

Praise for the outgoing U.S. president is by no means universal among Sudanese, but it certainly can be effusive. "We love George Bush, because he brought peace to our country, and nobody did it before," said Lam.

"South Sudanese are naming their cows George Bush," said Head of GOSS Mission to the U.S. Ezekiel Lol Gathkuoth, "and even children."

Cows, the most prized possessions in most southern societies, might bear the president’s name for now, but Bush’s enduring legacy in the south likely will depend on whether the peace agreement is implemented—a matter of little certainty, admit senior officials in both governments.

But for now Lam is definitely singing of peace. "I like this song, it does touch me," said Tiach Jiech War, the personal assistant to the Head of Mission. "I listen to the CD and I agree with her in thanking George Bush."

"God bless George Bush and God bless America," entreated Lam.

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  • 6 January 2009 04:39, by Lokang

    Congratulations to Eliz Chol Lam, you see, as she mentioned in her album there we wandered everwhere for we were lacing government in South Sudan and now have got one, I personally would rather comment that, let every try to talk of peace in South and sudan at large and we will be fine. thanks miss Eliz, thanks for your hard work, I have earlier that it is always pleasing to hear some achieved his or her goal, thanks for this, your voice is heard evrerywher in the world. we are always proude of those who try to unite our country rather then those who are always after division among our regions.

    I respect your success and I am proud of it forsure.

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    • 6 January 2009 10:44, by Gatwech

      Excellent Elizabeth Chol Lam,

      I knew you would reach the White House with those inspiring songs. I congratulate Salva Kiir for adding you to the delegation that gives farewell to the outgoing President, George W. Bush.

      I have that kind of CD and I really love listening to your inspiring songs including the one that you praise our South Sudanese leaders and the American leader, George W. Bush for bringing the CPA. It is also a good opportunity for the American President to directly listen to a local South Sudanese music composed in one of South Sudanese local languages in his room for the first time. Let him know that we acknowledge his contribution to peace through both Salva Kiir’s message and your music he and his family will listen to both in English and Nuer. Keep up the good work, Chol.

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    • 30 June 2009 12:12, by abel sabit

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  • 6 January 2009 04:40, by Lokang

    Congratulations to Eliz Chol Lam, you see, as she mentioned in her album there that we wandered everwhere around the world for we were lacking government in South Sudan and now we have got one, I personally would rather comment that, let everyone try to talk of peace in South sudan at large and we will be fine. thanks miss Eliz, thanks for your hard work, I have earlier stated that, it is always pleasing to hear someone achieved his or her goal, thanks for this, your voice is heard evrerywher in the world. we are always proude of those who try to unite our country rather then those who are always after division among our regions.

    I respect your success and I am proud of it forsure.

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    • 6 January 2009 05:55, by Wiyual

      Eliz Chol Lam, whom I know for many years, indeed makes the history by giving a warm farewell to President Bush. This girl really knows how to sing, and all Sudanese here in Omaha, Nebraska, USA, love her songs without prejudices. And I believe everyone here owned at least one of her albums.

      Good Move Ms. Lam!

      Wiyual

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      • 6 January 2009 07:30, by Gatbentiu

        Congatulation Lam,may the almighty Lord bless you with more songs and clear vioce.
        I do know that God gave everybody talent in the all world,
        Please use your talent or God’s gift wisely,but remember to come home, as here in South we don’t have musicians.
        I don’t know what a hell you people are doing in Americas,Europe,Australia and other parts of the world when your fellow Southerners are enjoying peace in the Sudan.
        I hope you will come home and enjoy with us.

        The writer can be reached at:dholbentiu@gmail.com

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  • 6 January 2009 08:12, by Ruach Jing

    In the earth nothing imposible but when you commit youeslf to do something, very easy you can get. Eliz Chol since she was born I think it was in her mind that she can meet such a president (Bush) but she commited herself to do some thing as tallen now she become a first Southern Sudan Artis Association (SSAA) who met Bush. Congratulation Elis, keep it up.

    Have amercy very wher yoou go

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    • 6 January 2009 11:08, by Gatwech

      Excellent Elizabeth Chol Lam,

      I knew you would reach the White House with those inspiring songs. I congratulate Salva Kiir for adding you to the delegation that gives farewell to the outgoing President, George W. Bush.

      I have that kind of CD and I really love listening to your inspiring songs including the one that you praise our South Sudanese leaders and the American leader, George W. Bush for bringing the CPA. It is also a good opportunity for the American President to directly listen to a local South Sudanese music composed in one of South Sudanese local languages in his room for the first time. Let him know that we acknowledge his contribution to peace through both Salva Kiir’s message and your music he and his family will listen to both in English and Nuer. Keep up the good work, Chol.

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      • 6 January 2009 13:25, by Sossa

        Respect sis, keep the good work. CAN SOME ONE TELL ME, HOW AND WHERE TO GET HER CD.

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        • 6 January 2009 14:44, by A.G. Lam Jaak

          Ms. Lam, I would like to take this opportunity to tell you that talent is a gift from GOD almighty. My courage/input to you is to take risk, dream what you want to dream, go where you want to go, be what you want to be, because human have only one life and more then one chance to do the things he/she want to do.
          Keep it up!!!
          A.G. Lam Jaak, Upper Nile, Sudan

          You can reach me @ gatkeklam@yahoo.com

          wish you all the best......

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          • 6 January 2009 15:45, by Gat malå

            Congratulate to Nya Choul & President Salva Kiir to met with President G.W. Bush in the white house.

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        • 6 January 2009 18:59, by Wiyual

          Sossa,

          Please call Mr. Komach Deng Dey @ (402) 917-6932, to get you one Chol CD.

          Thanks,

          Wiyual

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  • 6 January 2009 22:28, by Toang Tiach Tot

    People of kush ,people of southern sudan donot be amazed for ms.chol lam ’is appearant infront of the world’s president go back to the Hollly Bible Isaiah:18 you will find the truth because the scripture says WHEN THE BANNER WILL BE RAISED ALL THE WORLD CAN SEE now the UN Mission in sudan brought all the races to see our flag flying in the heart of our dear land for sure God has poured his blessng on us we don’t have a dream about this AMAZING THINGS Let me remind you with one thing in 1987 when his Excellency Salva kiir and late Dr.john addressing the SPLA in longkuey as a war commander that time he have no vision to meet an American president the same thing to ms.chol lam who was wandering in the concerntration camp for refugee has no such a vision to dance in front of the world leader .this is a blessing and go a head Nyachol nyimar and our president His Excellency salva kiir GO ! go! go ! go!HEAD we jinubin are are behind you taking us to the fire or to the cold place we are behind you donot doubt your country has a strong and fearless men .

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  • 7 January 2009 03:40, by nyadeng Garang

    Don’t bleach your skin over there in America. You will not be accepted here back home. Okey!!!!!!!!!!!! I can see your skin look very lightly like an Arab. Please love yourself. Don’t hate yourself.

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    • 7 January 2009 04:31, by cobra Bior

      hey guys, does she get a boyfriend? I need a hookup.anybody with more about her feed me back i really like her.

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      • 7 January 2009 07:05, by nyadeng Garang

        Hahahahah!!!!!!!!!!!!!Dumb Dinka. Go look somewhere.

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        • 7 January 2009 11:25, by Bum Bum Ramkel

          Bravo Lady,

          Hey Aliza Chol congratulation Lady, you did a wonderful job to meet the outgoing US President, George W. Bush and his Excellency General Salva Kiir Mayardit on this rare occassion. You are a lady with determination, i know one day one time, you will make a high jump as you had performed during this occassion.

          You have wonderful inspiring songs that anybody laugh for Joy when hearing the context.

          Keep doing a good Job.

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        • 11 February 2009 11:26, by James

          Ka teng ke Nuer!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          Please what are you trying to tell us really we Dinka,
          Look at you please !!!

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        • 1 July 2009 03:36, by abel sabit

          You are the first dumb ass illiterate motherfuck in whole over southern sudan and you are gronk ass stupid fuck!

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      • 7 January 2009 13:45, by mathem jech amer

        Dear Mr. Cobra,

        Instead of diverting a musician to a wife, just come to me to show you a place of creatures.I got hundreds sexy ladies in Port Sudan here always who hunt for men. I am really tired of them. They always disturb me while sleeping.

        Please come, help, sexy boy!

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      • 1 July 2009 03:41, by abel sabit

        heey man i will fix you up with her becuase i know her and she live next to my house nigga if you really like her then emial me in this emial its mourboombraan_pussy@hotmial.com.au

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  • 7 January 2009 13:12, by mathem jech amer

    Dear All,

    I appreciate your comments about this lady. I know her personally and we were in one class at Itang Refugee Camp in 1980s.

    It is my first time to to see Mrs/Mr. Nyandeng congratulating on this web plus his friends whom I read their names and all seem to be Nuer. Is it Because she is from Nuer? Many people were commenting badly about a lady who was appointed an MP in Jonglei state. Instead of apprecaiting her position, people were attacking her as if she was a prostitute.

    Please let us develop sense of responsibility and appreciation, it doesn’t matter her/his nationality, or tribe, but consider as being Southern Sudanese. When President-Elect Obama won, John Maccain (his rival partner) was the first person to pick the phone to call Obama and Congratulated him with the words " Your people really compaigned very well".

    If election happen in Southern Sudan and one of the minority tribes win, can any other majority groups appreciate? Rather instead, agitating it and try to take the post by force.

    Actually, I am trying to convey my message to brothers in Southern Sudan and other parts of the world to develop the sense of responsibilty. Unity will come to the south through the young generation but not the old. I believe if old young boys who were in Ethiopia come together and get some high ranking positions in the government, I believe unity in the south will come attractive.

    I thank Aliz Chol for her beautiful songs. May God brightens her mind in order to compose more attractive songs!

    Mathem Jech Amer
    Port Sudan

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    • 8 January 2009 04:41, by cobra Bior

      Mrs/miss/ mr Nyadeng Garang or what ever you are Looking for a good wife get nothing to do with being Dinka or like the way you put it man, Ijust want a good woman cuz. Stop being ass hole and find me the lady number or some kind of ways to get to talk to her.I do not care wether she is nyanuere or whatsoever, as long as she is from southern sudan.Dinkas and Nuers are always together.

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      • 8 January 2009 04:47, by cobra Bior

        Dear Mr. mathem Jech Amer. thank you for your advice man, but the problem is cuz, i live far away from were you live i should have went brother.

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    • 15 May 2009 05:13, by albino riek

      Comrad,
      It is event neive to talk about this little girl by the name Elizabeth, she is so energening to be singer, but the problem is, there are no supports to extend her career.
      Beside, I do really like how you express your views on Southern Sudan Ignorance toward each others, I always try to foreclaim my thoughts on how to bring this issues down to its knee for southerners to descuss it us a issues number one, and I also present my thank to those who came by it, because I do know that, South Sudan will be a nation some day. Brother, I can see you are interesting on Unity of our nation, so please I can admired you to take it to the next level of exellences for the better of our nation.
      I can also encourage you to creat an acount in SPLM DIAPERAS
      so that, you can feed those who are in need.

      thank you

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      • 30 June 2009 03:15, by abel sabit

        damn people i was looking forward for this girl to join my club in Australia because i want to make a great song about our home land sudan. anyway if you need more information about my club then email me in this email Mourboomraan_pussy@hotmail.com.ua thanks

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