the indigenous singer on his wellbeing go-tos

He might be best known for his time on Australia’s Got Talent but for Mitch Tambo, his purpose is to continue empowering others and uplifting our spirits.

Speaking on Body+Soul’s daily podcast Healthy-ish, Mitch Tambo explains that activity and wellness have always been at the core of his being.

Moving to Tamworth at a young age, the indigenous signer revived his Gamilaraay language and embraced his culture in his approach to wellbeing.

“I grew up very much an active kid, and I love health and wellness,” he tells host Felicity Harley on the Healthy-ish episode Mitch Tambo: the Indigenous singer’s wellbeing go-tos.

“I think that’s why I love going out bush in our own country, because there’s no phone service and you’re forced to just reconnect, you know, look at the stars, actually smell, feel again, and connect.”

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Living through the recent lockdown in Melbourne, Tambo worked out at his home gym, preferring to focus on weights mixed with some cardio rather than the multiple basketball sessions he was doing weekly pre-COVID.

“I feel like when I get to have a workout, switch off and put in my energy, it gives me a lot of time to look after my own mental health and well-being…I feel clear and also it gives me time to reflect on things too.”

Where possible Tambo also likes to lean on his culture, even when in the midst of the city.

“I love fire. Fires are definitely a big part of our culture. And for me personally, it’s just a beautiful way to let go and also just spend time reflecting…it just transcends your mind spirit to somewhere else,” he says.

“When I go back on country that’s really a biggie for mental health and wellbeing, being able to just go back down to the open night sky and connecting with ancient stories.”

He explains that he usually brings back some sandalwood to burn in hit fire pit at his Melbourne home.

Living in the public eye, Tambo also has some strong opinions about the way social media is slowly taking over our lives.

He recently posted a picture of an arm being pierced my multiple needles – the needles labelled after social media companies such as Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram.

“It’s almost like that idea of us just being addicted to social media and constantly having to fill ourselves up with it. It can just dominate your whole world,” he explains.

“When I put that up, it was just a reminder to all of us to have that balance and to look after yourself, because sometimes you lay there, thinking, why have I got this phone in front of my face again. I put it down thirty seconds ago.”

For Tambo, like many Australians his social media is a double edged sword. As a performer it’s where he shares his livelihood, communicates with his fans and even where he shares his Tambo Talk with influential Aussies.

“For me personally, I suppose with the world that I live in, as an entertainer, I feel like social media is just totally at the core of it, it’s like a double edged sword. Without it, we’re totally disconnected and then we’re all consumed with it. It’s like, how do I escape it?”

For Tambo, it’s all about focusing on how social media can help us give back.

“I went on Instagram and started Tambo Talk, but it had a greater purpose. That was to keep community connected and to keep uplifting and empowering one another through hearing other people’s stories. So it’s been beautiful.”

Interviewing a range of inspiring Aussie talent, you can catch the new season of Tambo Talk this Wednesday, 8pm.