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Framed in a theatrical narrative amongst panoramic visuals of the artist’s homelands, the audience experiences a musical journey across the breadth and into the soul of island nations of Pacific and Indian Ocean, meeting an ancient seafaring ancestry and confronting the impacts of climate change head on, as the performers and youth ambassadors share their island's voice supported through the cinematic sequences. 

Drawing on a roster of renowned first nation artists, the concert features musicians performing irresistible oceanic grooves to soulful island ballads engaging audiences from huge festival stages to intimate theatres. Combining music, spoken word and live cinema with AV projections featuring footage collected during a 3-year film trip across 16 countries guided by the artists on their homelands. 

Toured to 14 countries across four continents, 170K+ audiences have seen it live since its premiere at SXSW 2018. It has become a feature of SIBS concerts for encore to spontaneously erupt into a shared celebration, with instruments, voices and dancing bodies rising from the seats.

Moving beyond the concert experience, Small Island Big Song offers a variety of opportunities for students and audiences to investigate the environmental, political, social and cultural contexts on our oceans’ islands.

Contact

Manager - BaoBao Chen baobao@smallislandbigsong.com

North American agent SRO Artists Inc.

Featured Touring Artists

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Sammy
Madagascar

Sammy has led an extraordinary life as a Madagascan musician, at a time when most picked up guitars over the traditional Valiha, Sammy followed his passion for Madagascar’s musical heritage, by mastering and learning how to make most of Madagascar’s instruments.

His efforts coming to the notice of the UK’s world music scene as his group ‘Tarika Sammy’, gained international recognition, becoming a regular on major festival stages and being acknowledged as one of the world’s best 10 bands, by TIME Magazine. Sammy has been much in demand since, and we are proud to have him at every Small Island Big Song concert.

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Yoyo Tuki
Rapa Nui

The world sees Easter Islanders as the people who foolishly depleted their natural resources deforesting their island, Yoyo Tuki confronts that image as he stands strong in his Rapa Nui ancestry steadied through a deep respect for his land and traditions as nurtured by his grandfather ‘Mana Roa’ (Great Wisdom).

A mana (Substance of presence) ringing out through his singing, music, art and performance, lifting us above our prejudices. Pioneering fusions of reggae, folk and funk with his mastery of Polynesian ukulele styles, Yoyo Tuki sings out for one of the most remote islands on Earth.

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Emlyn
Mauritius

Featured on CNN, songwriter, musician and dancer, Emlyn is leading a wave of performers across the Indian Ocean proudly reclaiming their unique rhythms and cultural mix.

Written with a reactive pen and sung in Creole, her songs rebelliously express her concerns for her island’s environment. A cause she has taken up as co-founder of ‘Enn Losean Vivab’, a Mauritius based organisation educating school students about plastic pollution. Emlyn brings the infectious grooves of Sega with its soul from the African slave trade to the stage played on the Ravann, Triangle and Kayamb

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Selina Leem
Marshall Islands

Selina is among the global faces of climate change, representing her country in the film ‘Before the Flood’ produced by Leonardo DiCaprio and as the youngest speaker at the COP21 for Paris Agreement, making a passionate plea to global leaders for stronger action on climate change.

Selina can push her audience into a place of understanding and care for her homeland, whilst making them look into the future and see the repercussions of current global actions. Her spoken word pieces have been heard across the globe, and will form the narrative of the show, at times delivered by Selina in person.

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Sauljaljui
Taiwan

In 2009 a typhoon devastated Sauljaljui’s village and community, her response was to write “Lament of Colored Cloth” a song which enabled the village to unite their tragedy and recover, winning a prestigious songwriters award in Taiwan.

Two albums and countless international concerts later, Sauljaljui is just as dedicated to her Paiwan community, directing a yearly cultural festival, being the first female leader in her community youth group, and contributing to the community's cultural canon. Recently with her elders, she created a Paiwan warriors song, now regularly performed, the first time a woman has taken this role.

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Vaiteani
Tahiti

Vaiteani is the lead singer songwriter of the Polynesian group bearing her name, with her partner and gifted multi-Instrumentalist Luc, they perform songs as captivating and beautiful as her homeland Tahiti which inspires them. Vaiteani are one of the most popular acts in Polynesia today, a standing they have been able to use to draw awareness to environmental issues.

They sing for her people and nature, with one foot in the world of contemporary music styles, Soul, Folk and the other, exploring the timeless music traditions of her Polynesian heritage. People get moved by the captivating tone of her voice while their songs bring us all to some hidden place where we can discover a deeper substance to the subject.

Photo: Bruno Drouot

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Luc
Tahiti & France

Luc is a gifted multi-Instrumentalist and singer songwriter of the Polynesian group Vaiteani bearing his partner Vaiteani's name, they perform songs as captivating and beautiful as their homeland Tahiti which inspires them. Vaiteani are one of the most popular acts in Polynesia today, a standing they have been able to use to draw awareness to environmental issues.

They sing for their people and nature, with one foot in the world of contemporary music styles, Soul, Folk and the other, exploring the timeless music traditions of Vaiteani's Polynesian heritage. 

Photo: Delphine Mayeur

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Putad
Taiwan

Powerful, entrancing, unapologetic all words used to describe Putad’s engaging stage presence. In the proud spirit of her Indigenous Amis heritage Putad unites ancient vocal traditions with raw energy of grunge, rock and punk as her and her brother Wusang’s band Outlet Drift express. Their bold, uplifting and uncompromising shows place their Amis heritage on centre stage at 100db & 100mph as they confront prejudices taking the audience on an unforgettable sonic ride.

In the Small Island Big Song ensemble, she brings this energy, her soaring voice, rock bass along with her coastal Amis ancestry and love for the ocean. A regular surfer, Putad’s connection to the ocean will be brought onto stage and into the outreach program.

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2019       Colors of Ostrava Festival, Ostrava Czech Republic 

2019       Rudolstadt Festival, Rudolstadt Germany 

2019       MTC Southbank Theatre, Melbourne Australia

2019       Verona Palace, Sydney Australia 

2019       Kaohsiung Container Arts Festival, Kaohsiung Taiwan

2019       Torba Arts Festival, Mota Lava Vanuatu 

2018       Legacy, Taipei Taiwan

2018       Taoyuan Music Festival, Taoyuan Taiwan

2018       Førde World Music Festival, Førde Norway

2018       EtnoSur Festival, Alcalá la Real Spain

2018       Pllek, Amsterdam Holland  Prachtwerk

2018       Prachtwerk, Berlin Germany 

2018       Peace Boat, Copenhagen Denmark to Reykjavik Iceland

2018       Indigenous Celebration, Bali Indonesia  

2018       South by South West, International Day Stage, Austin USA

2017       World Stage Design (Work in progress), Taipei Taiwan

Album 'Small Island Big Song'

Concert Tour 

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2021       See you Sound Music Film Festival, Turin Italy

2020       LUCfestTainan Taiwan

2020       Melbourne Documentary Film Festival, Melbourne Australia

2019       Antenna Int' Documentary Film Festival, Sydney Australia

2019       Ânûû-rû Âboro Int' Film FestivalNoumea New Caledonia 

2019       Jeju Film Festival, Jeju Island South Korea

2019       Ishigaki Film Festival, Ishigaki Island Japan

2019       Torba Arts Festival, Mota Lava Vanuatu 

2019       Landjuweel Festival, Amsterdam Holland

2019       Kino x MoMo Fest, Rotterdam Holland

2019       Watershed, Bristol UK

2019       Castle Cinema, London UK

2018       Bali Indigenous Film Festival, Bali Indonesia 

2018       Okinawa International Film Festival, Okinawa Japan

Film 'Small Island Big Song - An Oceanic Songline'

Screening Tour 

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