October 11, 2021
Kingi S.Pacific on groove inspiration
Singer-songwriter Troy Kingi says tohu from the Waiata Māori Music is a welcome acknowledgement what he’s doing isn’t just a self-indulgence.
Kingi won the best R’n’B album for Black Sea Golden Ladder, best songwriter and best Māori male solo artist.
He says he was thrilled by the company he was keeping, including L.A.B. which also picked up three awards, and the acknowledgement for lifetime achievers Tā Pita Sharples and especially Che Fu.
“He’s been one of my idols for a long time. I remember having 2b S.Pacific on cassette when I was at Te Aute College and I lost it, bought it again, I think it got stolen, bought it again. I’ve had it about four times. It’s one of the all time iconic albums form this country. And Pita Sharples – growing up through kapa haka and watching Manutaki, he’s a legend,” he says.
Troy Kingi says while Covid restrictions have slowed production on the latest in his series of 10 albums in 10 styles in 10 years, the next instalment should be out by February.