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Young talent showcases career

A twelve-year-old musician from Vailima is looking at using social media as a platform to showcase his talent in music.

Earlier last week, a viral video of Blessing singing with his guitar at his home in Vailima has gained over 600 reactions from Facebook users and over 30 shares with some saying such talents are blessings to the local communities especially from young talents like Blessing.

Blessing Tavita started playing piano, ukulele and guitar instruments from six years old and plans to further his career at a young age. He's currently at year.8 class at Vailima Primary School.

In an interview with Samoa Observer, the 12-years-old said his ambition is to use his voice to serve God as how his father, Tavita Faiaia does who is currently a pastor inside the Congregational Church of Jesus Christ at Vailima.

"As a pastor's son along with my other siblings, music has been a big part of our lives as we were taught so in early ages so that when we get older, we'll use these talents in music to serve in our churches," he said.

"So I have grown to love music along with my other siblings but I believe I am the most talented in this area amongst my siblings."

Blessing's first stage performance was at his village during a Sunday School Talent program three years ago where he gathered the confidence to perform in front of anyone.

The 12-year-old is the sixth of eight children and apart from music, he loves school where he gets to further his skills in music from his friends.

According to the aspiring musician, his idol in music is famous Samoan musician, Vania Toloa which he idolized before he knew how to play an instrument.

His favorite song is "Mai le Vavau e oo i le faavavau", an old Samoan classic which he learned from his mother.

Speaking to Samoa Observer, his mother, Emi Tavita said his son has always been a blessing in their family, community and church with his music.

"Not only his voice but his skills in playing instruments in our church and community has always made me proud," she said.

As a mother, Mrs. Tavita believes music should become a second priority as education should come first.

However, seeing how much her son loves music, she is willing to support her son with both his music and education.

Blessing's goal is to become a professional musician to serve God and his family.

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