ARTISTS

DYSPORA

DYSPORA IS AN AWARD-WINNING  HIP-HOP RECORDING ARTIST/PRODUCER, POET, SONIC ACTIVIST AND 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 ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA.

MUSIC BECAME A KEY TOOL IN BREAKING DOWN CULTURAL, LINGUAL AND RACIAL BARRIERS THROUGHOUT DYSPORA'S LIFE JOURNEY AND EXPERIENCE. HE BEGAN WRITING POETRY AT THE AGE OF 12 AND HAD GRADUATED TO WRITING RHYMES BY THE TIME HE REACHED HIGH SCHOOL. DYSPORA HONED HIS RHYTHM AND POETRY SKILLS BY CONSISTENTLY LISTENING AND LEARNING FROM TALENTED ARTISTS SUCH AS ANDRE 3000, 2PAC, NAS, FUGEES, WU-TANG CLAN, FELA KUTI, RAKIM, BIGGIE SMALLS, K'NAAN, KRS-1, JIMI HENDRIX, AKALA AND BOB NESTA MARLEY. HE WOULD DECONSTRUCT AND REVERSE ENGINEER HIS FAVOURITE SONGS, DISSECTING THE ELEMENTS USED TO MAKE IT WORK SO WELL. IN EARLY 2010, THE YOUNG MC WOULD WRITE HIS OWN LYRICS OVER THE BEATS AND BEGAN RELEASING YOUTUBE FREESTYLE VIDEOS WEEKLY. IT WAS DURING THESE SPORADIC GARAGE RECORDING SESSIONS WITH LOCAL PRODUCERS THAT DYSPORA WAS FIRST INSPIRED TO CREATE THE PLAYBACK 808 IMPRINT.
 
KNOWN FOR HIS VERSATILITY, SONIC ACTIVISM AND DYNAMIC LYRICAL ABILITIES, DYSPORA'S SONIC INFLUENCE CAN BE TRACED TO VARIOUS CULTURAL SOUNDSCAPES. DYSPORA HAS BEEN FEATURED IN PUBLISHED BOOKS, ON ABC NEWS, SBS & ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE AND WAS RECENTLY NAMED THE 2017 BEST MALE ARTIST AT THE SOUTH AUSTRALIAN MUSIC AWARDS. THE 23 YEAR OLD HAS PERFORMED AT MAJOR EVENTS INCLUDING CLIPSAL 500, ROOT DOWN FESTIVAL, MISS AFRICA FASHION FESTIVAL, SCOUTED FESTIVAL & SANAA FESTIVAL. DYSPORA RECENTLY RELEASED HIS LONG AWAITED REBELUTION TAPE TO CRITICAL ACCLAIM, LEADING HIM TO SHARE THE STAGE WITH THE HILLTOP HOODS, SETH SENTRY, THUNDAMENTALS, FUNKOARS, KERSER, MAN MADE MOUNTAIN. THE SPOKEN WORD ENTHUSIAST ALSO FREQUENTS LOCAL POETRY EVENTS TO SHARE SOME OF HIS WORK.

 

 

Putin in work like Vladimir from the Kremlin
— DyspOra

ELSY

ELSY IS AN 18-YEAR-OLD SINGER-SONGWRITER. BORN AND RAISED IN NAIROBI, KENYA BEFORE MIGRATING TO ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA AT THE AGE OF 7 WITH HER FAMILY. SHE STARTED SINGING IN CHURCH AT AN EARLY AGE, AND WAS GREATLY INFLUENCED BY THE TRADITIONAL SACRED SOUNDS. GOSPEL MUSIC BEGAN SHAPING HER MUSICAL VISION AFTER REALISING THE GIFT GOD PLACED WITHIN HER. LATER SHE WENT ON TO RECEIVE THE BEST SOLO PERFORMANCE AWARD AND IMPRESSED AUDIENCES WITH HER SINGING ABILITIES DURING SCHOOL TALENT SHOWCASES. WITH A MOTTO OF “SINGING TO INSPIRE THE LIVING”, ELSY DELIVERS A SOULFUL AURA TO THE PLAYBACK 808 KINGDOM THROUGH HER MUSIC, BY PIONEERING A NATURAL EXPRESSION OF CONSCIOUS AND IMPACTFUL LYRICS.

BEING GREATLY INSPIRED AND ENCOURAGED BY HER FATHER CHARLES P. WAMEYO AND ESTABLISHED ARTIST LAURYN HILL, ELSY BEGAN WRITING AT THE AGE OF 13 AND EXPRESSING HERSELF THROUGH MUSIC. AFTER RECORDING HER FIRST DEMO TRACK WITH SINGER-SONGWRITER AND RAPPER TKAY MAIDZA, SHE CONTINUED RECORDING AT THE LOCAL STUDIO, NORTHERN SOUND SYSTEM, AND BEGAN EARNING COMPARISONS TO ESTABLISHED ARTISTS SUCH AS LAURYN HILL AND SZA. SHE OFFICIALLY BEGAN HER MUSIC CAREER AFTER OPENING AT PLAYBACK 808 CONCERT IN 2017. A NATURAL PERFORMER, SHE CONTINUED TO PERUSE A PERFORMANCE CAREER AFTER BEING NOTICED BY THE FOUNDER OF PLAYBACK 808 DYSPORA. SHE BEGAN RECORDING AND PERFORMING ALONGSIDE PLAYBACK 808 AT VARIOUS VENUES. DYSPORA DID NOT FAIL TO NOTICE HER ACTS OF USING MUSIC AS AN OUTLET FOR HER ARTSY MENTALITY, THUS PURSUING HER MUSICAL VISION. ELSY WAS OFFICIALLY ADDED TO THE PLAYBACK808 TEAM IN 2017, HENCE MAKING HER THE FIRST FEMALE SOUL ARTIST OF THE GROUP.

HER LOVE FOR MUSIC HAS BEEN INSPIRED BY HER FATHER, WHO IS A FORMER GOSPEL CHOIR MEMBER AND ACCORDION PLAYER, ALONG WITH ESTABLISHED ARTISTS TASHA COBBS, BENJAMIN DUBE, TORI KELLY, LAURYN HILL, JOHN LEGEND, JENNIFER HUDSON AND JORDIN SPARKS. BEING A CHURCH CHOIR LEADER AT RESTORATION HOUR MINISTRY, SHE HAS GROWN UP LISTENING AND SINGING TO TRADITIONAL GOSPEL MUSIC GROUPS INCLUDING SOWETO GOSPEL CHOIR, SPIRIT OF PRAISE, PROCLAIM AND SPIRIT AND LIFE. THESE GROUPS HAVE ASSISTED IN INFLUENCING AND CONSTRUCTING HER SHARP MUSICALITY. “I BELIEVE I HAVE AN ANOINTED VOICE, A GIFT FROM GOD THAT I CANNOT FAIL TO USE TO MOVE THE SPIRITS OF TODAY’S TAINTED HEARTS”, SHE SAYS. ELSY RELEASED A GOSPEL MEDLEY YAHWEH ON SOUNDCLOUD ALONG WITH VARIOUS COVERS ON FACEBOOK AND YOUTUBE AND CONSEQUENTLY BEGAN TO BUILD AND IMAGE TO THE WORLD. IN A PERIOD OF ONLY 5 MONTHS, ELSY HAS MANAGED TO APPEAR IN FRONT OF DIVERSE AUDIENCES AT SHOWS INCLUDING MUSIC SA'S SCOUTED FESTIVAL, ROOT DOWN FESTIVAL AND THE SOUTH AUSTRALIAN MUSIC AWARDS. FEATURING WITH PUBLICATIONS SUCH AS REDBULL MUSIC/THANK GUARD AND HAS PERFORMED ALONGSIDE ARTISTS SUCH AS TIMBERWOLF, WILLOWBEATS, SETH SENTRY, ABBY HOWLET AND TKAY MAIDZA. ELSY CONTINUES TO SPEND MOST OF HER SPARE TIME RECORDING MUSIC, PLAYING HER GUITAR & PIANO, READING POEMS WHILST IMPROVING AND DEVELOPING HER GOD GIVEN MUSICAL ABILITIES. AS ELSY’S RAW TALENTS CONTINUE TO ADVANCE, ALONG WITH HER INTELLIGENCE AND PHENOMENAL ARTISTIC MIND SET, HER MAIN GOAL IS TO INSPIRE, MOVE AND FILL THE SOULS OF THIS WORLD WITH HOPE. SHE HAS BEEN BUILDING MOMENTUM THROUGHOUT THE YEAR BAND WILL DEBUT HER SINGLE & E.P WILL BE RELEASED IN EARLY 2018.     

"SINGING TO INSPIRE THE LIVING" – ELSY

 

I SING TO INSpire the living
— ELSY

NESS

ALAAK PAGER IS A 19 YEAR OLD AFRICAN-AUSTRALIAN HIP HOP ARTIST KNOWN AS ALAAK-NESS MON$TA OR SIMPLY 'NESS'. BORN TO SOUTH SUDANESE PARENTS, THE SELF PROCLAIMED GOLDEN ONE GREW UP IN ADELAIDE & PERTH, AUSTRALIA SINCE ADOLESCENCE.

NESS WAS RECITING CLASSIC JAY Z & NAS VERSES BY THE AGE OF 5 AND HAS SINCE BEEN STUDYING THE ART. AS HE GREW OLDER, MAKING MUSIC BECAME MORE THAN JUST A CREATIVE RELEASE FOR NESS. THE PLAYBACK WORDSMITH DROPPED A FEW SONGS BEFORE FINDING HIMSELF ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THE LAW. HE EVENTUALLY CAME TO A REALISATION THAT HE'D RATHER BE WRITING BARS INSTEAD OF BEING LOCKED UP BEHIND THEM.

NESS' ABILITIES ARE ENHANCED BY HIS INHERENT DELIVERY OF CONSISTENTLY RAW AND CLEVER RHYMES AND WORDPLAY. HIS REPERTOIRE OF ENTICING FLOWS, SURREAL BARS AND UNIQUE CADENCE MAKE HIM ONE OF THE MOST LETHAL EMCEES IN THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE.

Married to the Raps & The streets that’s polygamy
— NeSs

MAJIIK

MACH 'MAJIIK' KAU IS A 24 YEAR OLD MC BORN IN EGYPT TO SOUTH SUDANESE PARENTS. MACH MIGRATED TO AND LATER GREW UP IN AUSTRALIA, SPENDING TIME BETWEEN NEW SOUTH WALES, SOUTH AUSTRALIA AND VICTORIA.

DEEPLY ROOTED IN HIS CULTURE OF ORIGIN, MAJIIK IS INSPIRED TO CREATE BY THE PASSION TO UNDERSTAND THE NATURE OF THE WORLD AROUND HIM. ACCOMPANIED BY THE MAGNETIZING AND EMOTIONAL EFFECT MUSIC BRINGS OUT IN HUMAN BEINGS, HE COMBINES INTELLECT, RHYTHM AND POETICS PLUS OLD FASHIONED FUN TO SHARE WITH THE GLOBAL COMMUNITY HIS STORY.

"WHEN I NOTICED THAT I AM ABLE TO REMEMBER AND RECITE LYRICS FROM A SONG I LIKE OR LOVE, AND I FEEL WHAT THAT ARTIST FELT IN THE MOMENT, THAT'S WHEN IT HIT ME. MY QUESTION WAS ANSWERED." - MAJIIK

UNDERSTANDING THAT HIS GENERATION IS IN THE MOST DELICATE POSITION THROUGHOUT HISTORY, HE IS USING HIS CRAFT TO COMMUNICATE AND CAPTURE THE STORY, TO RECITE WISDOM FROM THE MEN AND WOMEN BEFORE HIM, FROM SOUTH SUDAN TO THE REST OF THE WORLD.

 

The tongue is a powerful weapon, you can save a life or send somebody to their peril, so I use it.
— Mach

EMAN

22 YEAR OLD EMMANUEL DENG ALSO KNOWN AS EMAN, IS THE CO-FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT OF PLAYBACK 808. EMAN IS KNOWN FOR HIS VERSATILE FLOWS, ELECTRIC ENERGY AND LYRICAL WORDPLAY. BORN TO SOUTH SUDANESE PARENTS IN BOTSWANA, HE RELOCATED TO ADELAIDE, SOUTH AUSTRALIA WITH HIS MOTHER AND SIBLINGS AT THE AGE OF 5. INSPIRED BY CASSIDY AND EMINEM, HIS LOVE FOR HIP-HOP GREW THROUGHOUT HIS TEEN YEARS AND HE FOUND A STRONG PASSION FOR RECORDING MUSIC AT THE AGE OF 16 AFTER WATCHING SMACK DVD FREESTYLE BATTLES.

"LIFE'S A MOVIE THAT TAKES TIME TO EMBRACE, AND WE ALL PLAY A ROLE TO MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE. NEVER STRESS ABOUT PREDICAMENTS YOU'LL NEVER FACE, AND YOU'LL ALWAYS REGRET THAT DREAM THAT YOU NEVER CHASE..." - EMAN

 

E = MC’s Scared
— EMAN

E L K

 

SAMUEL ELKHIER IS A 17 YEAR OLD AFRICAN-AUSTRALIAN RAPPER AND SONGWRITER BETTER KNOWN AS E L K (ETHEREAL LIKE KING). THE SON OF SOUTH SUDANESE PARENTS, HE WAS BORN IN KHARTOUM AND RAISED IN EGYPT BEFORE MOVING TO ADELAIDE AT THE AGE OF SIX. ON A MISSION TO BECOME ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL ARTISTS IN THE WORLD, THE GIFTED RAP PRODIGY BRINGS LIMITLESS DEPTH & SPARK OF YOUTH TO THE PLAYBACK 808 KINGDOM THROUGH HIS KNOWLEDGE, AWARENESS AND MUSICAL ABILITIES. E L K INTROSPECTIVELY ABSORBS & POETICALLY DOCUMENT HIS OFTEN SHIFTING SURROUNDINGS.

 

TORMENTED BY THE CONSTANT NEED TO EXPRESS HIS EMOTIONS & THOUGHTS ON THE WORLD AROUND HIM, E L K PICKED UP THE PEN AND BEGAN WRITING AT THE AGE OF 14. REVEALING HIS NEWFOUND ABILITIES TO A SELECTED FEW AMONGST HIS INNER CIRCLE, WORD GOT AROUND THE NORTHERN SUBURBS OF ADELAIDE AND PLAYBACK 808 CAME KNOCKING. ENCOURAGED BY HIS COUSIN AND FELLOW PBK808 MC EMAN, E L K BEGAN SHOWING UP TO PLAYBACK RECORDING SESSIONS AT THE NORTHERN SOUND SYSTEM & BEGAN WITNESSING THE SUPREME POWER OF DYNAMIC GROUP COLLABORATION AND FRIENDLY COMPETITION BETWEEN SOME OF THE CITY’S FINEST RHYTHM AND POETRY ARTISTS AND PRODUCERS. UPON HEARING HIS SOUND FOR THE FIRST TIME, DYSPORA IMMEDIATELY KNEW E L K WAS GOING TO HAVE AN IMPACT ON THE CULTURE AND ADDED HIM TO THE PLAYBACK 808 TEAM AT THE AGE OF 15, MAKING HIM THE IMPRINT’S YOUNGEST MEMBER.

“HE DOESN’T RAP ABOUT LYRICAL CONTENT THAT IS VERY ALLURING TO YOUNG RAPPERS” - JAMES RUKLIS (THANK GUARD/NOISEY)


E L K DRAWS INSPIRATION FROM RELATIVE NEWCOMERS LIKE EARL SWEATSHIRT, MAC MILLER, ACTION BRONSON, J COLE, DRAKE AND THE LATE CAPITAL STEEZ, HE ALSO LOOKS UP TO PARADIGM SHIFTERS SUCH AS NAS, MF DOOM, ANDRE 3000 AND 2-PAC. HE BEGAN MAKING A QUICK NAME FOR HIMSELF WITH A BARRAGE OF ONLINE SOUNDCLOUD RELEASES PROMOTED BY VIDEOS UPLOADED TO HIS FACEBOOK PAGES. MULTIPLE MANAGERS AND PUBLICATIONS TOOK NOTE OF THE YOUNG EMCEE WHICH LED TO MULTIPLE FEATURES ON DIGITAL PUBLICATIONS LIKE THANKGUARD, WAVYTRAX & OFF THE CLEF. E L K HAS PERFORMED HIS DEBUT SHOW AT PLAYFORD’S NORTHERN SOUND SYSTEM AND WAS ONE OF THE YOUNGEST TO STEP ONTO THE STAGE AT THE FOWLERS LIVE VENUE. WHEN NOT WORKING ON HIS MUCH ANTICIPATED DEBUT ALBUM, THE PLAYBACK 808 MC SPENDS MOST OF HIS TIME IN SCHOOL, PLAYING FOOTBALL AND FINDING NEW WAYS TO FURTHER HIS CRAFT. E L K’S QUICK MUSICAL TRANSCENDENCE INTO LOCAL RAP PRINCE IS NOT BY CHANCE, HE IS AN INTELLIGENT, WELL SPOKEN AND ARTICULATIVE ARTIST WHOSE LYRICAL PROWESS AND CONTINUOUS NEED TO GROW MAKE HIM A LIKELY CANDIDATE FOR FUTURE HIP-HOP ROYALTY.

 

I can’t really talk to God, because that’s a soliloquy
— Elkhier

AJAK

AJAK DUT IS A SOUTH SUDANESE BORN HIP-HOP ARTIST KNOWN FOR HIS ELECTRIFYING LIVE PERFORMANCES, HIS ENERGY AND STAGE PRESENCE IS IMPOSSIBLE TO KEEP UP WITH. THE 21 YEAR OLD RAPPER FIRST BEGAN MAKING MUSIC WHEN HE TURNED 11 AND HAD FOUND HS CALLING AFTER ONLY 2 YEARS OF MOVING TO SOUTH AUSTRALIA.

USING A RANGE OF FLOWS HE HAS SEEMINGLY PERFECTED OVER TIME, AJAK IS STILL ON A  JOURNEY OF ARTISTIC GROWTH AND CREATIVE REFINEMENT THAT IS EVIDENCED BY HIS ENTHUSIASTIC APPROACH TO THE ART HE CREATES. A BORN ENTERTAINER AND ONE OF THE EARLIEST MEMBERS OF THE PLAYBACK 808 KINGDOM, AJAK IS ALWAYS ON THE MOVE. WHEN HE'S NOT WRITING DOWN HIS NEXT RECORD OR LEAVING AUDIENCES IN AWE.

WORKING OVERTIME TELL MAMA I GOT THE BILLS
— Ajak

LØrd LEVI

LEVITICUS (LEVI) AMANAMOI OTOME IS A 17 YEAR OLD SOUTH SUDANESE HIP HOP ARTIST BASED IN MELBOURNE. LOADED WITH A RANGE OF ATTENTION GRABBING LYRICS AND FLOWS,  LEVI CONSISTENTLY MANOEUVRES OVER BEATS WITH AN EFFORTLESS DELIVERY STYLE

LEVI DECIDED TO GIVE HIP HOP A CHANCE AS A 14 YEAR OLD, AND IN NO TIME BEGAN SHOWING SIGNS THAT HE MAY HAVE STUMBLED UPON HIS TRUE CALLING. HE SUBSEQUENTLY CO-FOUNDED THE MELBOURNE BASED GRMLNS RAP COLLECTIVE WITH LONGTIME FRIEND KONG KONG (KAE). THEY QUICKLY GAINED SOME DIGITAL BUZZ THROUGHOUT THE VICTORIAN UNDERGROUND HIP-HOP SCENE.

LEVI'S COMPOSED, CALCULATED AND LAID BACK DEMEANOR ALLOWS HIM TO NAVIGATE THE MOUNTING PRESSURE. THE PLAYBACK GRMLN REMAINS POISED AND READY TO DELIVER FOR FANS AND CRITICS ALIKE WITH HIS UPCOMING 'MIXED BREED' MIXTAPE.

 

Sparking up like an electrician
-
— Levi

PIERRE

 
 Born in Bukavu, Congo, PIERRE grew up in Zambia and Zimbabwe before his family migrated to South Australia. The current Creative director of Playback 808, He is an an artist that draws inspiration from his motherland.  Inspired by his story, he makes Artwork that takes a critical view of the social, political and cultural perspectives of African people. Currently focusing on the Injustice And Lack Of Recognition that Africans are subjected to in modern day society, PIERRE is unafraid to touch on topics such as dead aid and corporate and economic neo-colonialism. His first Exhibition will be held in late 2016

Born in Bukavu, Congo, PIERRE grew up in Zambia and Zimbabwe before his family migrated to South Australia. The current Creative director of Playback 808, He is an an artist that draws inspiration from his motherland.

Inspired by his story, he makes Artwork that takes a critical view of the social, political and cultural perspectives of African people. Currently focusing on the Injustice And Lack Of Recognition that Africans are subjected to in modern day society, PIERRE is unafraid to touch on topics such as dead aid and corporate and economic neo-colonialism. His first Exhibition will be held in late 2016

 
Everybody SEES the beauty, a true Artist shareS it
— Pierre