Mary G mania
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.
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.