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


Ulla Shay also known and Candice Lorrae (born 9 April 1986) grew up with a passion for music and performance. At the age of 14 she recorded her first R&B single with the ARIA Award winning co-writer and Producer Audius Mtawarira. At the age of 16 and with inexperience in Music Business, she enrolled at Abmusic College for 2003. Through out her years studying, Ulla jammed and performed with college bands playing Bass, Drums, Guitar and Vocals. In 2004 Ulla played a part in the band “Yowarliny” and at the age of 17 she toured to Adelaide and Melbourne with some of WA’s most valued Indigenous musicians, such as Lorrae Coffin, Guy Ghouse, Jade Masters, Jessie Lloyd and Della Rae Morrison. Departing from the group in 2005 Ulla graduated with her Certificate IV and completed a successful year with the college band “Ebony”. In 2006 she began the production of her long awaited E.P. “Think of Reality”. With the help of a grant from ARTSWA now known as DCA Ulla released the CD in 2007 at the Bakery as part of the 'Chocolate Martini' Foxtel's NITV series. Since then she has recorded backing vocals for artists and bands such as Old Flames, Bianca May, Bryte MC, Tao Boiz crew, advertisement jingles and other local recordings. Ulla also has a passion for helping other Indigenous Artists who want to for fill their dreams in music. That’s when she decided to teach at Abmusic College in 2007. She has helped many artists achieve their goals and she hopes to keep on going. Also in 2007 she collaborated with Bryte MC (Hip Hop Artist) she had the pleasure of performing at 'Good Vibrations Festival 2008 & 2009'. As well as singing Ulla also became a Dancer with the well-acclaimed dance group 'Common Ground' Directed by Lee West. Also in 2008 she started an Indigenous Female vocal group named “Moana Dreaming” who have been very successful. Although only being together for 15 months, they have already achieved 62 gigs, 3 tours including workshops, and performances at hotels through out the Kimberley, Pilbra and Goldfields regions. In May 2009 Ulla received 2 awards at the WA TOO SOLID Music Awards for female artist of the year and over all Gold and Solid Artist of the year. Also in 2009 Ulla became the regular featured singer on NITV’s popular childrens show ‘Waabiny Time’. 2011 Ulla was selected in Australia to compete in the world singers competition ‘The Crimea Music Fest’ held in Yalta/Ukraine. This was highly exposed and broadcasted to millions across Europe.
Ulla's confident and successful nature continues to help and inspire both her students and colleagues.

Jade Masters

Jade burst on to the national music scene in 2004 as the driving force behind the Rock/Blues powerhouse, the Dave Mann Collective, and has since gone on to perform with award-winning West Australian Indigenous act, Yabu Band and the highly successfully electro-pop outfit, Tim & Jean.

As a young teenage Murri boy, although born in Northam, WA grew up with a passion for drums . This has seen him perform locally, nationally and internationally in a career that has spanned for over 16 years.

In 2003 Jade completed a Certificate IV in Performing Arts at Abmusic College where his desire for arts management became apparent.

Since realising his ongoing passion for arts management, Jade pursued the task of managing Yabu Band and indeed taking them to a national award-winning level including WA Indigenous act of the Year in 2009, 2010 & 2011 and the Most Promising New Talent in Music at the 2009 Deadly Awards.

Not only did Jade achieve these great heights as an arts manager and a performer but has worked full-time at Abmusic for TOO SOLID Records, where his vision and dedication for the performing arts sector continues to grow.