When I made my Mum proud

Manukau Courier - - OUT & ABOUT - MAREE STEUNEBRINK

The Facebook page Hu­mans of South Auck­land aims to tell sto­ries that are real, raw and re­lat­able. This week’s fea­tured Hu­man is Gadiel Asi­ata.

Grow­ing up my sib­lings used to laugh at me when I said I wanted to be a choir mas­ter, but I was pas­sion­ate about it and it was some­thing that I al­ways wanted to do. I had no for­mal train­ing, but I taught my­self to read mu­sic and play the pi­ano. I wanted to make my Mum proud of me.

The first choir com­pe­ti­tion that we en­tered, we did just for the ex­pe­ri­ence. It wasn’t about the win­ning, but about our jour­ney to­gether. It was re­ally emo­tional. I re­mem­ber telling the choir that this wasn’t about how they sung, but to just sing from their hearts. We were up against lots of re­ally ex­pe­ri­enced choirs. No one ex­pected us to do well. When we won, they had to call out our name twice, be­cause wasn’t ex­pect­ing it!

I re­mem­ber look­ing at Mum, her face was down and she was cry­ing. She was so proud of me! That was one of the big­gest achieve­ments in my life. I just

‘‘I was pas­sion­ate about it and it was some­thing that I al­ways wanted to do. I had no for­mal train­ing, but I taught my­self to read mu­sic and play the pi­ano. ’’

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