Singer’s in­spi­ra­tional win

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Toko­roa singer-song­writer Keinan Ngapo felt his late fa­ther was close to him dur­ing his clean sweep of the Golden Val­ley Coun­try Mu­sic Awards.

The Forest­land Va­ri­ety Mu­sic Club singer en­tered seven cat­e­gories in the an­nual awards held in Takaka in the South Is­land and won all of them.

That in­cluded win­ning the se­nior male cat­e­gory for singers aged 18 and above plus gospel, tra­di­tional, orig­i­nal song, sec­ond orig­i­nal song, yo­del­ing, and the over­all award which made him the first North Is­lan­der in the award’s 28 year his­tory to do so.

While Ngapo, who is the dean of Te Rito at Toko­roa High School, said he was proud to win over­all he said it was the award for orig­i­nal song that held a spe­cial place in his heart.

‘‘I write from ex­pe­ri­ence and the song I won with I wrote about my Dad who passed away five years ago. It’s called You Are The and was Soul That Lives In Me quite emo­tive,’’ he said.

‘‘My par­ents are a ma­jor in­spi­ra­tion in my life and mu­sic and the judges said they re­ally felt it. My Dad was def­i­nitely there at the time so I was very lucky.’’

He said over 200 singers took part.

‘‘There were four judges and ev­ery­one there could sing so it was tough but it was a re­ally good ex­pe­ri­ence,’’ he said.

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