Not only a politician can touch and change the hearts of many.
The late PNG Kumuls player Kato Ottio is proof of that.
His sudden passing last Tuesday came as a big loss for the country but it also brought Papua New Guineans and some international communities closer.
And as fitting for a hero, a song has been composed as a tribute to him.
It took local artist Augustine Emil two days to write, record and release the song.
“Soreh Kato Ottio” dropped yesterday and has been actively shared over social media platforms.
The song features another young upcoming artist Archie, who Emil chose, for his strong vocals.
The song track is recorded and produced under the stagajah label by their award winning engineer Liberty Chapman, also known as statz.
The song also has Yumi FM personality, Kasti Arifae’s voice doing the outro.
Emil had met the late Kumul player only once, but like every other Papua New Guinean, followed every achievement of Ottio.
“He’s our sporting hero, our rugby league great. One of the youngest in PNG Kumuls and Hunters. His death broke our hearts,” said Emil.
Emil, whose adopted parents are also from Koiari felt a stronger sense of connection towards the late Ottio.
The tribute tells a bit of Ottio’s story and the impact of his death to PNG.
The second verse reads:
Yu karem flag blong PNG, yu putim try lo NRL
Super league had story blong yu, England laik lukim yu
Tasol ol stori kam pinis olsem
Michael Marum bai misim yu
Wellington Albert m ba go nao, wokabaut blong yutupla
M ba misim yu turu lo Vikings club.
Meantime, Emil will also be hosting a fundraising concert on February 2nd at the Sports Inn Club in Port Moresby.
Part of the proceeds will go into the trust account set up to build late Ottio’s mum a house.
The rest will go towards Emil’s school fee for his Business Management course at the Divine Word University.
Tickets will sell at K20.
Title: Late Kato Ottio Tribute Song
Artist: Augustine Emil ft Archie
Recorded under Stagajah Records by Statz.
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Stagajah-Band-274981696007662