Words by Lewis Brideson
Photo by Dave Court
DyspOra (Gabriel Akon, 23 year old artist and founder of Playback 808) has just unleashed The REBELUTION. It's a project that follows the young sonic activist on a "larger-than-life journey". It is based around the theme of finding yourself in a place that doesn’t really feel like home.
Gabriel was born in South Sudan and raised in various locations across East Africa until his family migrated to South Australia, a place where music became a way to break down the cultural, lingual and racial barriers accumulated from his collective nomadic experience.
Showing versatility, socio-political awareness and dynamic lyrical activism, DyspOra's sonic influence can be traced to various locations, sounds, languages and cultures. As well as being a musician and writer, Gabriel is the founder of local independent label imprint Playback Records.