South Sudanese Dancehall artist and singer, Silver X has been recognized by the U.S- based Foreign Policy Magazine as a global thinker of the year 2014.
Silver X’s name appeared on the 6th annual edition of the magazine, along with 131 world leaders, business moguls, innovators, religious leaders and aggressors.
Each year, Foreign Policy identifies the top 100 leading global thinkers who have done notable things in their country and around the world.
The criterion looks at individuals or groups who have changed their country or the world for better or for worst.
They include people in the field of terrorism, activism, arts, business, government, religion, science, academic and media.
Silver X and 13 others from Africa were accredited for singing, drawings, sculpting and advocating for change in their countries.
He was acknowledged for composing a peace and sensitization song call; “Let’s Stand Together.” The song calls on South Sudanese and their leaders to stop conflicts and work together to rebuild their country.
“Let’s Stand Together,” was created immediately after the conflict between government and Opposition forces erupted on December, 2013.
The song was recorded by Silver X and other South Sudanese musicians namely: Jay Family, Manaz, Taliz Q, Madonita, Nelly Majestic, Hardlyfe Avenue, Mary Boyoi and Denis.
The song was recorded at a time when the Mid-December, 2013 conflict was looking to turn into a full civil war.
Cases of cholera infections were on the rise in the country, and the UN had raised the alarm on possible famine if the conflict didn’t stop.
Silver X was also noted to have launched a campaign call “Music Against Hunger.”
The Foreign Policy Magazine says the works created by these artists demand that viewers reconsider what they know to be true.
This year’s edition recognized, among others, Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Iran President Hassan Rouhani as decision makers of the year 2014.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and the leaders of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi and Abubakar Sheikh of the Boko Haram were identified as the agitators through 2014.
51 women and 80 men were selected in last year’s edition.
Silver X becomes the first South Sudanese to be ranked along with global leaders and decision makers based on his passion for music.
He is also a winner of Best Male Artist, Eye Radio Music Awards, 2014.
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Published Tuesday, April 7, 2020
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