Coronavirus you’re a bad disease
We understand that you’re
trying to finish God’s children
You are dangerous
Go away, we don’t want you in the world
You are difficult, coronavirus
The world gets tired of you
You lock down the world for a long time
Many people lost their lives
And we lost our jobs because of you
You’re a very dirty killer, Covid-19
You came in simple until
you infected the whole world,
No matter where they are,
you kill them Covid-19
you become the world disaster
We’re suffering, almighty
God bring your wisdom
to the doctors they must defeat it,
Don’t let it go out of control
for the next generation
Music in Exile is excited to announce a new 12” maxi-single release from the “King of Music”, GORDON KOANG. Titled Coronavirus / Disco, this double-A-side release share’s Gordon’s messages of peace, love and positivity, and is his first original offering since his acclaimed Unity album was released in late 2020.
The first single, Coronavirus, was penned by Koang in July 2020 as a response to his personal experiences of the global pandemic. As his hometown of Melbourne went into lockdown, Gordon resided in the outer suburbs of Melbourne with his cousin, Paul, and his four-stringed, guitar-like instrument, the thom. Throughout this single, Gordon offers his condolences to those affected by the pandemic, alongside messages of his faith in frontline workers and the hope that circumstances will improve soon. “People suffer a lot. I ask that God gives the doctors the big wisdom to defeat the coronavirus. When people hear my song, I hope that this music counsels them. The song has a lot of meaning, it is telling them to be hopeful.”
With the cancellation of a national tour and numerous festival appearances, Covid-19 had not only impacted Gordon’s career here in Australia but also his opportunity to visit family he hadn’t seen in five years. After receiving Australian permanent residency, Gordon and Paul were now able to visit family in Uganda, however this was made incredibly difficult due to border closures and the potential health risks. Taking a last minute opportunity, Gordon and Paul travelled to Africa and whilst excited to visit their families, they also experienced the impact of the pandemic on their home communities. “In Africa, it is not like us here, there is no medicine and in Africa there is also no Centrelink if you are in lockdown. It is difficult getting services. Even getting food is difficult.”
After two weeks in hotel quarantine, Gordon and Paul returned to Melbourne, eager to record music once more. With lockdown lifting, Gordon headed to the studio with a new band featuring Zak Olsen (ORB, Traffik Island) Jack Kong (Baked Beans, Traffik Island), David “Daff” Gravolin (ORB), and Jesse Williams (Leah Senior, Girlatones). This new release is the result of these studio sessions, jamming and recording at Button Pusher in Preston, Melbourne.
For the DJ’s out there, both tracks will feature on a limited edition, 12” maxi single vinyl complete with pull-out poster from Gordon, encouraging listeners to stay positive during this difficult time.
released August 4, 2021
All songs written by Gordon Koang Duoth.
Performed by Gordon Koang, Paul Biel, Zak Olsen, Jack Kong, David Gravolin & Jesse Williams.
Produced by Zak Olsen. Engineered by Tim Dunn.
Mixed by Zak Olsen & Tim Dunn. Mastered by Mikey Young.
Gordon Koang hails from the Upper Nile region of what is now South Sudan. Accompanied by his cousin Paul Biel, Gordon
performs a blend of traditional Neur rhythms and original compositions in English, Arabic, and his native language, Neur.
After 5 long years Gordon was granted asylum in Australia the country he now calls HOME. His new album UNITY is that story as a beacon of connectivity and love...more