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Small Island Big Song

by Small Island Big Song

A contemporary oceanic songline. Recorded in nature with first nation artists across the Pacific & Indian Oceans, on their homelands. A fair trade music project.
Genre: World: World Beat
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1. Senasenai a Mapuljat (Small Island Mix) [feat. Siao-Chun Tai]
6:12 $2.00
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2. Ka Va'ai Mai Koe (Small Island Mix) [feat. Yoyo Tuki]
5:17 $2.00
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3. Hisoma Sa Ts Hisoma A (Small Island Mix) [feat. The Ankievo Village Band]
2:59 $2.00
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4. Gasikara (Small Island Mix) [feat. Sandro, Siao-Chun Tai, Mau Power & Airileke]
6:20 $2.00
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5. Naka Wara Wara To'o (Small Island Mix) [feat. Charles Maimarosia]
4:08 $2.00
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6. Sogor (Small Island Mix) [feat. The Leweton Cultural Experience]
2:07 $2.00
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7. Pemung Jae (Small Island Mix) [feat. Alena Murang]
4:35 $2.00
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8. Manu Koroki (Small Island Mix) [feat. Horomona Horo & Waimihi Hotere]
2:57 $2.00
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9. Mele O Ke Kipuka (Small Island Mix) [feat. Kuana Torres Kahele & Clara Andrianaivo]
2:58 $2.00
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10. Alie Sike (Small Island Mix) [feat. Ben Hakalitz & Koyawa]
4:46 $2.00
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11. Sacanoy (Small Island Mix) [feat. Ado Kaliting Pacidal & Tarika Sammy]
5:37 $2.00
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12. Fafy Rano (Small Island Mix) [feat. Monja Manitsindava]
4:20 $2.00
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13. Dewi Sri (Small Island Mix) [feat. Gus Teja]
3:11 $2.00
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14. Kwin Potutu (Small Island Mix) [feat. The Yumi yet Bamboo Band]
1:16 $2.00
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15. Omby (Small Island Mix) [feat. Rajery]
3:59 $2.00
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16. Ke Ha'a La Puna (Small Island Mix) [feat. Kekuhi Kealiikanakaoleohaililani]
2:06 $2.00
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17. Uyas Gerakun (Small Island Mix) [feat. Piteyo Ukah & The Small Island Big Song Village]
6:25 $2.00
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18. Ka Va'ai Mai Koe (Reprise) [Small Island Mix] [feat. Yoyo Tuki & The Small Island Big Song Village]
4:15 $2.00
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Recorded and produced in the field over 3 years, with the descendants of the ancient voyaging seafarers, the indigenous people of islands across the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Using only traditional instruments and languages recorded in nature, artists shared a song on their homeland, and contributed overdubs to other songs, woven into an oceanic songline of 18 songs without digital effects and mastered at Real World Studios. Motivated by the steady march of environmental and cultural loss across the region, artists reach beyond the last 500 years of imposed languages and borders to reunite their shared seafaring ancestry, exploring culture connections and voicing common concerns.

Just before Christmas 2014 we drove out of Alice Springs, central Australia, a project manager and a music producer, our world packed away in storage. We had 5,000 dollars between us and a vision of creating a landmark album with the most respected and famous artists of the Indian and Pacific Ocean region. You are holding that album.
We were worried about the steady loss of nature and culture throughout the oceans, so we approached those who speak for the trees, sing for the oceans, artists whose communities have lived in their place the longest, artists who have sought out and continue their cultural heritage.
We invited these artists to share a song in their language, a song that proudly represents their homeland. The artists played their songs on the instruments of their people, in a natural setting, a place with meaning for them. In celebration all these artists shared their music, overdubbing onto the songs of other musicians like them.
We discovered such committed, big-hearted artists right across the vast oceans. We found ourselves in tearfully beautiful places recording instruments we could never have imagined. We learnt of the incredible ancestry they all shared, from Madagascar to Rapa Nui (Easter Island) and Aotearoa (New Zealand) along the ocean currents and seasonal winds, back over 5,000 years to a beach on an island we now know as Taiwan. This is the music of the Austronesians, the ancient seafarers.
We also found plenty of laughter, a deep lived love for the land and an uplifting appreciation for all the people across the world who believe we are a part of nature’s delicate web and not the masters of it.
In the end, it's all about the music, contemporary and traditional, poignant and playful. This music is a gift from these artists to you. We hope you will enjoy it as much as we enjoyed recording it. So please, join us on an oceanic voyage across these island communities too precious to lose.

- Small Island Big Song producers Tim Cole & BaoBao Chen


Recorded and produced in the field, from the grass roots up. Small Island Big Song is independently owned & managed - A living album, an oceanic songline.

Made possible by
Australia council for the Arts, Winston Churchill Trust, Asialink, Ian Potter Cultural Trust, Creative Victoria, Arts NT, National Culture and Arts Foundation Taiwan, RØDE Microphones, Crumpler Bags, Peace Boat, 600 crowdfunding backers from Taiwan, the trust of the artists & communities and the love from family & friends.

Profit made from the album
1 Fair Trade - 50% of net profits are distributed to the artists & NGOs.
2 All artists are treated equally on two tiers, feature or session artist.
3 Acknowledging Intangible Cultural Heritage as defined in The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People by giving selected NGOs (by artists’ choice) a share in net profits.



Credits
Music Producer/Sound Engineer/Mixer | Tim Cole
Project Producer/Manager | BaoBao Chen
Packaging Design | Paul Chou
Graphic Design | Jenn Da Costa
Photography | BaoBao Chen & Tim Cole
Cinematography | Tim Cole & BaoBao Chen
Album Mastering | Oli Jacobs & Tim Cole at Real World Studios, UK
Artists Quotes & Interviews | Wayne Furlong
Legal Advisor | Eldar Manor Law Office, Israel
Visual Album Post Production | Tim Cole
Website Design | BaoBao Chen
Papers of the CD package | Hand made using local sugarcane wastes and Tapa cloth fibers in Guangxing Paper Mill, Taiwan.
Translators | Pnnay(Pangcah), Sammy Samoela (Malagasy/Betileo/Merina), Jean Niriko Makozy (Vezo), Gulo Tulo (Selau)


Full thank you list, artist notes, interactive songs’ journeys, photos, videos and stories on our website.
www.smallislandbigsong.com


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