Simon & Garfunkel’s iconic song has long been a favorite among aspiring musicians due to its captivating melody and adaptable arrangement. Iam Tongi takes a unique approach, infusing his rendition with raw emotion. Armed with an acoustic guitar, piano, and his heartfelt voice, Tongi effortlessly casts a spell over the entranced audience with the classic tune, leaving even the judges in awe.
Beyond his musical prowess, Tongi’s talent holds a deeper significance. It provided solace during his late father’s final years. “A few years back, Iam’s dad fell ill and underwent dialysis,” explains Tongi’s mother, Lillie. “From that point, he became acutely aware of the fragility of life.”
In the months leading up to his father’s passing, Tongi and his dad created precious videos of their duets, a cherished memento. These recordings have become a source of comfort for Iam, offering a connection that he often turns to, playing them as he drifts to sleep, Lillie reveals.