Artist info

Genre

Hip Hop, Indie


band members

Playback 808


Influences

Fela Kuti, Bob Marley, K'naan, Nyankol


Unearthed artists we like

ELK, Levi, Cidi 5K, Tkay Maidza, KaeTheGoat, KIAN, Baker Boy


Website

www.Playback808.com

Bio

Gabriel ‘DyspOra’ Akon is an award-winning Hip-Hop recording Artist, Sonic Activist, Poet & founder of the playback 808 Kingdom. The nomadic troubadour was born in South Sudan and raised across various locations in East Africa until his family migrated to the South Australian city of Adelaide.

After spending his formative years in a Refugee camp in Kenya, DyspOra saw music as a key tool in breaking down cultural, lingual and racial barriers which led him to begin writing poetry at the age of 12 & had graduated to writing rhymes by the time he was in high school. He began releasing weekly freestyle videos on YouTube in early 2010 and it was during these sporadic sessions with local producers Luke iLL and Meta Beats where he was inspired to create the playback 808 imprint and began recruiting team members and future label mates.

Known for his sonic activism and dynamic lyrical abilities, DyspOra’s musical roots can be traced to various cultural soundscapes. The Playback 808 founder is the current ambassador for the Timpir Foundation which provides education to more than 1400 Children in South Sudan. DyspOra has been featured in publications such as Swampland, VICE, Complex and global advertising agency 72 And Sunny’s book on Modern Australia. His story has been told on ABC news, SBS & Rolling Stone magazine and was recently named the 2017 best male artist at the South Australian music awards after a captivating performance of his single Open Road with Elsy Wameyo. The 25-year-old has performed at major events including Clipsal 500, Listen Out Festival, Root Down Festival, Miss Africa, Groovin The Moo, Scouted festival & Sanaa festival. These performances have allowed him to share the stage with Skepta, Skrillex, Paul Kelly, Hilltop Hoods, Amine, HorrorShow, Seth Sentry, Thundamentals, Funkoars, Kerser, Masego and Man Made Mountain. DyspOra is preparing the release of his long awaited ‘AUSTRALIEN’ project in April 2019.

Review

Review by Lucy Smith Lucy Smith

11 Jun 2020

Triple J
40

'There's no prize at the end of the human race.' This song hits different the last couple of weeks. Such conviction and drive in your delivery too.

'There's no prize at the end of the human race.' This song hits different the last couple of weeks. Such conviction and drive in your delivery too.

Review

Review by Stacy Gougoulis Stacy Gougoulis

08 May 2020

Triple J
40

This has been on my list for a couple of weeks but I'm re-listening and definitely playing this weekend. More just a note for myself than a review but there you go.

This has been on my list for a couple of weeks but I'm re-listening and definitely playing this weekend. More just a note for myself than a review but there you go.

Review

Review by Declan Byrne Declan Byrne

05 May 2020

Triple J
40

dyspora never makes it hard to listen and believe in what he's saying and this one hits hard on all levels.

dyspora never makes it hard to listen and believe in what he's saying and this one hits hard on all levels.