Small Island Big Song

Online concert, film & edu package available. Second album in production. Concert tour 2021-22 across Europe, N.America, Asia & Oceania

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feat. musicians across 16 island nations, creating a contemporary musical statement of a region in the frontline of environmental challenges.

Over three years, the producers (Tim Cole & BaoBao Chen) visited 16 island nations working with over a hundred artists representing 36 Indigenous nations. The album was composed, recorded and overdubbed in nature, on the artists' custodial land, and mastered at Real World Studio UK. A fair trade music release.


Winner - Songlines Music Award UK 2019 - Best Asia/Pacific album
Winner - The Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik (German Record Critics' Awards) 2019 - Album of the Year
Nominated - Independent Music Awards US 2019 - Best Concept Album
Nominated - Independent Music Awards US 2019 - Best Website

'Album of the Week' - "It's not a usual thing!" - Lauren Laverne, BBC Radio 6
★★★★★ "Simply Brilliant!" - Seth Jordan, Songlines Magazine, UK
★★★★★ “For too long the term ‘world music’ has applied overwhelmingly to music from Africa, the Indian subcontinent and South America. Asia and the Pacific have been the Cinderellas at the party. Not anymore!” Sydney Morning Herald AU
"A playful and potent soundtrack. Utterly wonderful” - Stuart Derdeyn, Vancouver Sun CA
“The most heartfelt and evocative sounds imaginable” - Tom Orr, Roots World US

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


feat. 6-8 musicians of island nations across the Pacific & Indian Oceans with interactive AV backing.

World Tour 2018 & 2019
4 continents / 16 countries / 31 cities / 87 concerts & talks
170,000+ audiences reached
Main Stages of SXSW, Førde, Rudolstadt, Colours of Ostrava, EtnoSur

Europe - Earthbeat (2021 Oct/Nov & 2022 Jul)
North America - SRO Artists (2022 Feb/Mar/Apr/May)
Asia/Pacific - (2022 Sep/Oct & 2023 Mar)
Online - (2021)


A WOMEX 19 Film selection.
Japan - Theatrical release 2020 Aug/Sep/Oct & Road show 2021 Mar/Apr
Available for ONLINE special screening -

“Beautiful cinematography and incredible music... one coherent, jaw-dropping piece’’ - Rob Schwartz, Billboard, JP
"It's a film that makes you want to play it on repeat because of the comfort of the music and the beauty of the images" - Peter Barakan, NHK, JP
"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, AU

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participating in

  • WOMEX 2022
  • WOMEX, Digital Edition, feat. Budapest Ritmo
  • WOMEX 2019
  • WOMEX 2018
  • WOMEX 2017
  • WOMEX 2015
stand number WOMEX 22: 73-74


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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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