Ngapo recognised at music awards
Tokoroa High School teacher Keinan Ngapo sang his way to success recently at the Blenheim Gourmet Paradise Music Awards.
The singer won five of the seven sections he entered and was second in the other two.
Mr Ngapo was ecstatic with the win, crediting his father Lloyd Ngapo for his success.
‘‘One of the sections I won was the original songwriter section. The song I wrote was dedicated to my father I named it The soul that lives in me.’’
Mr Ngapo said his father and mother cried when they heard the news he had won for his original score.
‘‘The song is inspired by my father, he is my inspiration and this song pays tribute to a man who has been my rock.’’
The judging panel at the ceremony are kept anonymous and only hand written critiques are handed to the contestants.
One judge wrote of Mr Ngapo’s original composition, ‘‘ A moving tribute song. Beautifully presented, strong melody and obvious emotional motivation ( that) reaches out.’’
Mr Ngapo said this was one of the most challenging competitions he had entered.
‘‘I was up against some of the cream of the crop so to speak.
‘‘I was amazed I had won given the talent showcased during the preliminaries.’’
Mr Ngapo will be judging the annual Morrinsville Music Awards next month.