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Passion for music

Luke Rawalai
Monday, May 12, 2014

A GROUP of Australian and New Zealand tourists at Savusavu's Daku Resort yesterday proved that music is the medium that could connect people across different ethnic lines.

Choir director Rachel Hore said she had been teaching music in Australia for two years and she had a passion for the art.

"In Australia people are not very religious and this is a way of bringing people together to commune with each other especially old people," she said.

"It's a spiritual connection between us singers and God and it creates a sense of belonging and connectedness.

"Altogether there were 18 singers this year and I have been doing this for the past 11 years here at the Daku Resort because I have fallen in love with Savusavu and the iTaukei people."

Ms Hore described iTaukei singing as harmonious and beautiful and that she had picked a few iTaukei numbers from choir masters at Vivili and Urata Village for the group to sing.

Australian tourists Eleanore Ward and Sarah Sharpe described the event as an experience of a lifetime. An emotional team ended last night's event with a moving rendition of Isa Lei bidding their Savusavu friends farewell.


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