Singer’s inspirational win
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.