Crossing Borders:  The rise of the former child soldier John Frog in African Music

John Frog stands as a prominent figure in South Sudan’s music scene, garnering both national and international acclaim. His collaborations with artists across Africa, such as Uganda’s Eddie Kenzo and Kenya’s Bahati, exemplify his growing influence beyond borders.

Born Aguek, meaning “frog” in the Dinka language due to his breech birth, Frog’s survival in a remote village amid civil war reflects his resilience.

Raised by parents who were soldiers in the Sudan People’s Liberation Army, he himself became a child soldier at just eight years old.

Despite the hardships of war and lack of formal education, Frog’s passion for music remained unwavering.

Exposed to traditional tunes even in the midst of conflict, he later honed his craft after moving to Juba, South Sudan’s capital.

Navigating a music scene dominated by traditional genres, Frog embraced Afrobeats, paving his own path to success.

While acknowledging the lucrative nature of traditional music in South Sudan, he remains focused on expanding his audience globally.

With aspirations to join the ranks of Africa’s top musicians, Frog’s journey embodies perseverance and the power of music to transcend boundaries.




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