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Father, Daughter Entertainers Impressed With Local Reception

Father, Daughter Entertainers Impressed With Local Reception
The singing Father and daughter duo of Esther and Rennie Kaufman with the students of the Fiji School of the Blind in Vatuwaqa yesterday. Photo: Mere Satakala
June 24
10:06 2017

American father, daughter duo Rennie and Esther Kaufman are here on the invitation of the United States embassy to connect culture through music.

In their first performance yesterday at the Fiji School for the Blind Mr Kaufman was swept off his feet with the local students’ unison whenever they struck a familiar chord.

“We are impressed with the hospitality of the people and the talent here,” Mr Kaufman said.

Mr Kaufman has been entertaining and singing for years and has performed for the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Disney World, and private yachts amongst others.

“I have performed in so many places in the world but the most rewarding is performing with the kids,

The duo sang three Fijian numbers which took daughter, Esther a week to learn and she sang them well.

The children sang along to the songs for Moana, Taylor Swift-Shake it off and more.

“The thing that hit me coming here is the people, you see the beauty of Fiji in postcards but it is the people themselves that beats it, unmatched,

Mr Kaufman’s genres include a variety of music styles such as: Broadway, Motown, Big Band, Standards, Classic Rock and Roll, Disco, Country, French, Italian, Spanish, Irish, Contemporary Pop, and has been performing alongside his daughter the past five years.

“We love to make memories with the people; I love to work with children to give them hope as sometimes people feel disconnected and sad,

He said it’s amazing how music heals and it uplifts people.

“We would come back in a heartbeat if we were invited to come back,” he said.

The duo was even impressed by the lyrics of the Fijian national anthem, which blew them away.

The duo will be traveling to more schools and communities before heading to the States on June 30th.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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