Ngapo recog­nised at mu­sic awards

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By FLORENCE KERR

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.

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