Coun­try Mu­sic Club event

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - ABBY BROWN

A Biomed­i­cal En­gi­neer­ing stu­dent, with a pas­sion for coun­try mu­sic, is Mata­mata Coun­try Mu­sic Club’s next guest artist.

Keith Pereira, who is cur­rently study­ing to­wards a Masters in Biomed­i­cal En­gi­neer­ing while as­pir­ing to be a coun­try musician, will be at the club night on June 17 at the Mata­mata Pri­mary School hall.

He said his pas­sion for coun­try mu­sic started when he was very young.

‘‘My un­cle was a ra­dio host on a coun­try mu­sic sta­tion in Abu Dhabi, so most of my child­hood was spent lis­ten­ing to the mu­sic he played,’’ he said.

‘‘Af­ter mov­ing to New Zealand at the age of 10, my dad started to teach me the gui­tar which in­stantly be­came an im­por­tant part of life.’’

Since then he has played for a few cover bands for events such as wed­dings and other func­tions.

More re­cently, he joined the Waitem­ata Coun­try Mu­sic Club.

This gave him the motivation to com­pete in the Auck­land Coun­try Mu­sic Com­pe­ti­tion.

This paid off as he man­aged to win the male vo­cal and in­stru­men­tal cat­e­gories. He then trav­elled down to Gore for the Gold Gui­tar Awards where he won the in­stru­men­tal sec­tion.

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