Bassendean Indigenous artist Gina Williams to MC Sundown Showdown


Gina Williams is the MC for the Town of Bassendean's Sundown Showdown music/food event at Sandy Beach Reserve on Saturday.  Picture: David Baylis         d461908
Gina Williams is the MC for the Town of Bassendean's Sundown Showdown music/food event at Sandy Beach Reserve on Saturday. Picture: David Baylis         d461908

BASSENDEAN indigenous artist Gina Williams, who is fresh off winning her fourth straight West Australian Music Awards best indigenous act award, will test her MC skills at an upcoming cultural event.

Williams, who first won the award in 2013, was chosen to host the Town of Bassendean’s Sundown Showdown on Saturday, November 19.

The event will feature alternative country, folk and rock live performances by Timothy Nelson, Stoney Joe and The Ghost Hotel.

Williams said she was excited to MC the event, after performing in previous years.

“I live in Bassendean, so it is really good to be part of the local celebration for a change,” she said.

“It is going to be amazing and really beautiful. It is a very family orientated event where lots of people turn up and there is a really happy, good vibe.”

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Williams had been in the industry for a number of years and she said her music changed over the years.

“I am singing in the Noongar language… I had to go back and learn the language as an adult, so I have spent seven years learning and four of those, I have been writing songs,” she said. “I have gone from writing English songs to singing in a language that not everyone understands.”

The mother of three said she wanted her Elders to be proud of her music.

“Everything that I do is in service to my community so I guess I do not want to be around in 10 years time and find that I have not done anything,” she said.

Williams said while she was busy touring the country and overseas, she always found time for her kids.

“I do a lot of workshops in schools so that means I am available for my kids because it does not actually matter how great the music is if I am not being a good parent… then I am not really good at anything,” she said.

“I am really lucky in that I can live here and I can do what I can do and it has taken me around the world.”

Williams said she was expecting to release a new album by the middle of next year along with a single and a children’s book.

EVENT DETAILS

Sandy Beach Reserve, West Road, Bassendean, Perth

Saturday 19 November 2016 5:00pm – 9:00pm