Mary G mania

Broome Advertiser - - Broome Happenings - Robert Dougherty

The Kim­ber­ley’s favourite aunty in­vites you in for a cup of tea, some­thing to eat and a live broad­cast of The Mary G Ra­dio Show — Live from The Twin.

Mark Bin Bakar’s pop­u­lar char­ac­ter presents some of the finest indige­nous artists from the re­gion for her na­tion­ally broad­cast and web-streamed show at Sun Cin­e­mas’ Twin Cin­ema Broome next Wed­nes­day from 6.30pm-10pm.

“The main mes­sage is about the past, to­day and the fu­ture, it’s (show) ded­i­cated . . . to Broome, the unique­ness of Broome and cel­e­brates the di­ver­sity of the Kim­ber­ley and the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the two,” Bin Bakar said.

“Recog­nis­ing we are at the thresh­old of pos­i­tive change, tech­nol­ogy is much more ac­ces­si­ble and Mary G is part of that jour­ney.”

The Kim­ber­ley Per­form­ing Arts Coun­cil-pro­duced show is ex­pected to wel­come a crowd of 100 peo­ple, with food and drinks pro­vided by the Good Car­tel through­out the night, as well as live ques­tion and an­swer ses­sions with spe­cial guests on the evening.

Bin Bakar said it has been an in­ter­est­ing tran­si­tion from ra­dio to live per­for­mances at con­fer­ences and youth work­shops but the mes­sage of pos­i­tiv­ity en­dured, de­spite a pre­vi­ous show be­ing can­celled when Tel­stra’s net­work shut­down on Oc­to­ber 18.

“Mary G started in the early 90s, as a vol­un­teer on Ra­dio Goolarri and grew from there — it got so pop­u­lar that peo­ple wanted to see Mary G live,” Bin Bakar said.

“I think the show was rel­e­vant, it was a bit of a mes­sage of love and pos­i­tive life­style, pride-build­ing and em­pow­er­ment of Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple, so peo­ple weren’t feel­ing so de­pressed all the time.

“Mary G be­came the great-aunt, and ev­ery­body would tune in to the sta­tion — that’s when I had to work out how to do this thing live.

“We picked the colours of Broome (for Mary G) and I grew my hair. I used to sing in a band so it made sense that I would write songs and I’ve been trav­el­ling all around Aus­tralia ever since.

“Some places I never knew ex­isted and it’s been so pop­u­lar, in par­tic­u­lar with the indige­nous pop­u­la­tion across Aus­tralia.

“You can go to just about any Abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­nity and they all know her.

“I’m very for­tu­nate be­cause the work is very re­ward­ing.

“Ev­ery­one has a great-aunt who will give them a back­han­der, and that aunt is Mary G.

Pic­ture: Robert Dougherty

Mu­si­cians and guests from across the Kim­ber­ley will join Mark Bin Bakar for a live broad­cast of The Mary G Ra­dio Show — Live from The Twin.

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