Gordon Koang - Unity
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Gordon Koang is a Nuer musician, hailing from the banks of the River Nile in what is now South Sudan. Born blind, he began playing music on the streets of Juba as a young man, becoming a grassroots hero, the voice of the Nuer people, and a prominent figure in the fight for cultural independence in South Sudan. With a beaming smile that is unfettered by blindness, a condition he has lived with since birth, Gordon welcomes any and all around him, encouraging them to sit for a while and chat, maybe even to share a song.
In 2013, while Koang was performing to expatriate Nuer communities in Australia, renewed conflict broke out at home. He made a difficult and heartbreaking decision to not return to Sudan, applying to the Australian government for humanitarian protection. After six long years of waiting, living in a foreign country far away from his family, he now proudly calls himself an ‘Australian’, and eagerly awaits the day he will rejoin his wife and children in safety.
Unity is, remarkably, Gordon’s eleventh full-length album, and his first since arriving in Australia. This is his only recorded output in the painstakingly long six years of living as an asylum seeker, and completed just weeks before Gordon was awarded his permanent residency. Koang's music holds an optimistic message of love, compassion and, of course, unity - having painful first-hand experience of the rifts caused in the name of religious and cultural differences.
Stand Up (Clap Your Hands)
Kone Ke Ran
Mal Mi Goa
Tiel e Nei Nywal Ke Ran (We Don't Have a Problem With Anyone)
Te Ke Mi Thile Ji Kuoth Nhial
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