APRA Children’s Song of the Year and What Now Children's Video of the Year 2011 Winners

July 29th 2011
APRA Children's Song of the Year 2011- ‘Beans About Beans' by Rob Wigley

Presented last night (Thursday 28th July) in Christchurch at Starfest- the finale of Kidsfest- the award for the APRA Children's Song of the Year was taken out by Rob Wigley with his song ‘Beans About Beans'. Also presented at the Awards was the What Now Children's Song of the Year, which was awarded to Craig Smith with the video for ‘Wonky Donkey', created by Derek Thunders.

The independent panel of judges described the winning song as poetic, which joins children and parents in the wonderful interest of gardens. "It is a love song to your garden", described one of the judges, "that winds inquisitive lyrics with a summery rhythm".

The song is performed by Mr Roberelli, who are made up of Rob Wigley, Paul Depledge and Rochelle Depledge. ‘Beans About Beans' is from the trio's second CD "Does the Bus Stop Here?" With their third album about to be released, Mr Roberelli are attracting more and more attention both in and outside New Zealand. With highly original lyrics and catchy beats, the attention is well deserved. www.mrroberelli.co.nz

What Now Children's Video of the Year winner ‘Wonky Donkey' was written by 2008 Children's Song winner Craig Smith. Created by Derek Thunders, the animated story of the lovable donkey was a favourite with the What Now viewers, who voted and ultimately decided on the winning video. Hailing from the South, Craig Smith's children's songs are often humorous and educational, which is always a stimulating mix for children and parents alike. www.craigsmith.co.nz

APRA New Zealand Director Ant Healey says: "The love of a great song starts really early. We are again excited to be celebrating great music written for young Kiwi kids".

APRA Children's Song of the Year:
‘Beans About Beans', written by Rob Wigley, performed by Mr Roberelli
What Now Children's Video of the Year:
‘Wonky Donkey' by Craig Smith, created by Derek Thunders



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