Doctor Mark Bin Bakar HonECU

Musician, Actor, Singer/Songwriter, Producer

Doctor Mark Bin Baker HonECU is producer of the beautiful and lovely Mary G, Queen of the Kimberley.
Mark has dedicated much of his adult life to promoting indigenous life and culture in the arts and media. A West Australian Kitja and Gooniyandi man, Dr Bin Bakar HonECU was the founder of  Abmusic.

For all his work and contribution to community and the arts Doctor Mark Bin Bakar HonECU has been awarded the following:

2007 National Indigenous Person of the Year,

2008 WA Australian of the Year,

High commendation for the Human Rights Medal by HREOC,

Amnesty Australia Human Rights Award.

These awards and accolades are recognitions for his work in the community with Mary G and his work in the past like the founder of Abmusic.

For more information about Doctor Mark Bin Bakar HonECU and the Queen of the Kimberley, Mary G. (Click Here)

Lorrae Coffin

In 1993, Lorrae Coffin was one of the first to graduate from the
“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander School of Music”, commonly
known today as Abmusic, who continue to nurture the aspirations of
new generations of Indigenous Musicians.
Born in Port Hedland and raised in Broome, she is a mother and
grandmother and her cultural heritage derives from the richness of the
Nyiyaparli and Yindjibarndi groups of the Pilbara in WA.
Lorrae pursued a career in music and remains active in her art form as
well as her involvement with Indigenous music strategies and policies.
Her work has taken her on journeys across the country and around the
world as a musician.
Lorrae is one of the co-founders of the internationally acclaimed
Marrugeku Company as a musician and co-composer and was recently
instrumental in delivery the Ngaanyatjarra Music Strategy program
across the Central Desert WA.
Lorrae is based in Broome and continues to support and contribute to
the WA Indigenous Music Industry.

Lee West

Lee West is a well acclaimed Didgeridoo Player, Dancer, Choreographer and Musician. He has performed at various openings, functions, festivals and schools with his group “Common ground – Aboriginal Contemporary Dance Group”. Lee has travelled internationally just recently returning from the UK surprising international audiences with his musical talents. Lee has performed in Malaysia at Kota Kinabalu. Lee West regularly performs at the South Perth Civic Centre for the Australia Day Citizenship ceremonies and also at the River Retreat Art Gallery in the Swan Valley. Lee has also performed at the Spirit of the Horse with his dance group “Common Ground” Biruk Yeedee Mooditj Dreaming Festival, Abmusic’s 20th Anniversary, the 2007 WAM Indigenous Awards as well as numerous welcoming ceremonies for visiting politicians.

The performance consists of dance, music and story telling. Permission from the elders of the North and South of Western Australia has been given. Audience participation is encouraged which leads to education through entertainment. People get to dance, try the didgeridoo and learn about the Aboriginal way of life and language. Some of the dances involve drama; the acting out of old stories and practices.

Involving the audience breaks down barriers and opens new doors and opens eyes to a new world.

Being proud of his culture gives Lee West and group “Common Ground” a zest for performing and sharing, not only bridging gaps between cultures, but giving people a sense of belonging and an insight to their own culture.

Ulla Shay