Singer gets Marvin

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Music - Tanya MacNaughton

AUS­TRALIAN vo­cal pow­er­house Vika Bull’s love for the mu­sic of Mo­town leg­end Marvin Gaye was all she needed to say yes to per­form in Marvin Gaye Let’s Get It On.

The nar­ra­tive con­cert cel­e­brates the life and mu­sic of the multi-tal­ented Amer­i­can mu­si­cian, singer and song­writer who strug­gled with sub­stance abuse and de­pres­sion be­fore he was shot dead in 1984 by his fa­ther, the Rev­erend Marvin Gay Sr.

An­drew De Silva (from ’90s group CBD) stars in the lead role of the two-hour trib­ute, with Bull as­sist­ing in nar­ra­tion and tak­ing on the fe­male duet roles of Tammi Ter­rell, Diana Ross and Kim We­ston.

Songs range from I Heard It Through the Grapevine, Ain’t No Moun­tain High Enough and Let’s Get It On to Sex­ual Heal­ing to What’s Go­ing On.

“He was ex­tremely gifted, so that was why I thought it was im­por­tant his story was told and out there for peo­ple to see,” Bull said.

“Marvin re­ally wasn’t as well­known in this coun­try. He had a very long ca­reer and a lot of hits in Amer­ica but it wasn’t re­ally un­til he re­leased Sex­ual Heal­ing in Aus­tralia that peo­ple here knew about him.

“They didn’t re­alise he had all these other songs, which I found as a bit of an eye opener. I think Aus­tralia was more into rock and roll and the pub scene.”

Bull said the show ex­plained why songs were writ­ten and looked at how Gaye wrote about things that were hap­pen­ing around him.

“He felt things very deeply so he wrote about that; clas­sic songs that still stand up to­day,” she said.

“His up­bring­ing re­ally haunted him; he had a ter­ri­ble fa­ther and that af­fected him.

“I do The Etta James Story as well and she talks about Marvin in her book be­cause they toured to­gether a lot when they were young.

“She talks about him, say­ing how he was al­ways a bit trou­bled but couldn’t quite put a fin­ger on it, which I thought was re­ally in­ter­est­ing.”

An­drew De Silva and Vika Bull.

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