Small Island Big Song

A collaborative project uniting artists across the Pacific and Indian Oceans.

Recorded and filmed in nature.

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Small Island Big Song is a music, film, live project featuring over a hundred musicians across 16 island nations of the Pacific and Indian Oceans, creating a contemporary and relevant musical statement of a region in the frontline of cultural and environmental challenges.

The album was composed, recorded and overdubbed in nature, on the artists' custodial land. A fair trade music release.

Over three years, the producers (Tim Cole & BaoBao Chen) visited 16 island nations working with over 100 artists representing 36 Indigenous nations, mixed, edited and produced in the field and mastered at Real World Studio UK.


★★★★★ Songlines Magazine, UK
★★★★★ Sydney Morning Herald, AU
Winner - SONGLINES - Best Album Asia/Pacific 2019.
Winner - German Music Critics - Best ten albums 2019
Nominated - American Independent Music Awards - Best Concept Album & Best Music Website 2019

"One of our favorite Albums of the Week. It's not a usual thing! - "Lauren Laverne, BBC Radio 6
"A playful and potent soundtrack. Utterly wonderful” - Stuart Derdeyn, Vancouver Sun
“The most heartfelt and evocative sounds imaginable” - Tom Orr, Roots World

A Fair Trade Music Release - 50% of net profit goes back to the artists & NGOs.
All physical albums come with a 56-page full-color booklet, no single used plastic.


World Tour 2018 & 2019
4 continents / 16 countries / 31 cities / 83 concerts & talks
160,000+ audiences reached
coming next...
USA tour with Educational package Jan-Apr 2021
2nd Album Launch World Tour 2021


A WOMEX 19 Film selection.
Theatrical release in Japan in May 2020.

“Beautiful cinematography and incredible music... one coherent, jaw-dropping piece’’ - Rob Schwartz, Billboard, JAPAN
"The film recalls a time before national borders and current prejudices, highlighting not just the importance of words, rhythm and melody, but also ancient vibrations inherent to music and its connection to nature". - Antenna International Film Festival, Australia


Interactive AR (Augmented Reality) design featuring Small Island Big Song multimedia contents and artefacts from across the Pacific & Indian Ocean.
Launched in Taipei in Sept' 2019.

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Small Island Big Song is a FAIR TRADE music CLIMATE ACTION project

participating in

  • WOMEX 2019
  • WOMEX 2018
  • WOMEX 2017
  • WOMEX 2015


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Online) A Musical Journey to the islands of Asia, Pacific & Indian oceans.

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Video) Small Island Big Song project trailer

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Live) Small Island Big Song Cinematic Concert at World Stage Design 2017

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