Gordon Koang’s positivity is unparalleled and unwavering. Messages of peace, love, and unity are prominent throughout his music and are sentiments that seem to become ever more relevant in our current global context. Born blind and growing up in what is now South Sudan, Gordon began learning the thom - a four stringed, guitar-like instrument that has become the basis for his trademark sound. Accompanied by the thom, unfurling vocal melodies become his medium for sharing his life experiences of civil war, seeking asylum and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Given Gordon's incredible journey of resilience in the face of hardship, his steadfast position towards positivity and inclusion is even more impressive.
Gordon’s ability to articulate something innately human has resonated with audiences globally, earning him the affectionate nickname, ‘King of Music’ throughout Africa as well as critical acclaim in his adopted home, Australia. Most notably, Gordon’s eleventh album, Unity, was nominated for Best Album of the Year in the Australian Music Prize, and he was the winner BIGSOUND Levi’s Music Prize, alongside numerous Music Victoria Award nominations. Gordon has sold-out headline Australian tours, and his live performance has been a highlight set at festivals including Meredith Music Festival, Strawberry Fields, and Perth International Arts Festival.
The affection for Gordon and his music throughout the Australian music scene has grown into many meaningful relationships, and most recently, a recording project with a new band of musicians. Featuring Zak Olsen (ORB, Traffik Island), Jack Kong (Baked Beans, Traffik Island), David “Daff” Gravolin (ORB), and Jesse Williams (Leah Senior, Girlatones), Gordon’s newest releases are the result of studio sessions, jamming and recording at Button Pusher in Preston, Melbourne.