By Amer Mayen Dhieu, Brisbane,
They say those who wish to sing “always find a song” and that is exactly what happened with the South Sudanese Australian new singer, Mary Achok Bul Ajak Mabil, popularly known as Mary Gabriel Bul.
Achok started singing at a younger age in the Episcopal Church back in Kakuma refugee camp, Kenya, before she migrated to Australia in 2006.
She continued cultivating her singing talent in community events such as weddings and traditional marriages as a traditional singer. Most people who witnessed her singing spontaneously fall in love with her voice and confidence.
It was recently when she decided to make her own music and produce her own CDs, a dream she never saw coming any sooner. Speaking with her, Achok states that being a single mother of two kids has been a great stumbling block to achieving her dream career of being a professional musician.
“When you are a mother your heart doesn’t belong to you alone anymore. Everything you think about is not what to do to yourself but what to do for your kids” she said.
Being so devoted to the welfare of her kids precluded Achok from realising the boundless potentials in her. That was until this week when she decided to embark on something more than just taking care of her children. She answered the higher calling of being a musician, debuting in Brisbane, Australia.
On 12/12/2013, Achok launched her very first Album called “Pion ee Nomrou” as well as performing on stage for hundred of fans for the very first time in her life.
“When you are a mother your heart doesn’t belong to you alone anymore. Everything you think about is not what to do to yourself but what to do for your kids”
Asked about what she means by the name on her album, Achok states that the album was inspired by her personal life journey, in particular her relationship.
“I have been through a lot and there is no better way to let out what I went through rather than to express it through the songs,” she said.
Being a witness to her first concert, Achok touches a lot of women’s heart with one of the song under the title “Pion ee Nomrou. It was the saddest as well as the most beautiful moment that I had witnessed that day.
Emotion was high which explain a lot about Achok’s talent and passion to highlight lifestyle issues affecting women in the wider society.
Achok is looking forward to producing another album in the coming few months.