A French quadriplegic DJ created the music for the end of the Tokyo Paralympic Games using only his eyes.
DJ and rapper Pone, born in Toulouse and now living in Gaillac (Tarn), is known for creating music using eye-navigation technology designed by the late scientist Stephen Hawking.
Pone composed the music for the closing ceremony of the Tokyo Paralympic Games in the same way, after being approached by the organizing team of the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games.
He tell France 3: “Of course I couldn’t say no.”
He explains: “It’s a rather dance mix, as requested by the organization. It is completely original. The Olympics are about stepping out of your comfort zone, but the Paralympics are more than that.
“These are athletes who have had to overcome a handicap. With all that that means, physically but also psychologically. And I can tell you that it is difficult. They are simply heroes.
The closing ceremony took place yesterday, Sunday September 5th.
Pone’s wife, Wahiba Gallart, said: “Already, I think to go around the world of his music, even without illness, is something extraordinary but in the context it makes even more sense. We saw the long way he came to get here today
“It’s something I don’t think even he would have imagined.”
Still, Pone wasn’t too worried about his music being played all over the world. He said, “I’m not an anxious nature so that’s cool.”
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Pone, whose real name is Guilhem Gallart, was once a member of the French group Fonky Family.
In 2015, he was diagnosed with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disorder (CMT), an inherited condition also known as motor neuron disease or ALS, and is now quadriplegic, which means he cannot move any part of his body.
He communicates, writes and composes music entirely using eye technology.
In June of this year, he released a “mini album”, also created only with his eyes, to help raise funds for people like him who need a tracheostomy to survive.
French quadriplegic rapper releases new album composed with his eyes