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The Island In Me (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

by Todd Sickafoose | The People of Pukapuka & Nassau

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Longing 01:28
Drumming 01:06
Homecoming Song I will return to my homeland. My homeland, Pukapuka. Pukapuka my love and favorite. Pukapuka, your goodness is unsurpassable. My good land and heritage. Keep yourself together like the strands of a rope And your beliefs aiming high To the ones whose heart is full of love So your wishes will be truly rewarded. Pukapuka your goodness is unsurpassable. I will return to my homeland. My homeland, Pukapuka. Pukapuka, my love and favorite.
Stillborn 00:53
Leg Healer 01:20


This is the original music soundtrack to "The Island In Me", an award-winning documentary feature film by Gemma Cubero del Barrio. Composer Todd Sickafoose's lush original score is combined with voices, music, and unique instrumentation from the people of Pukapuka, a tiny coral atoll located in the Northern Group of the Cook Islands. These unique sounds have rarely been heard outside of Pukapuka and its diaspora.

Proceeds from this album will benefit the Kau Wo Wolo / Pukapuka People’s Fund.


released August 11, 2023

Featuring all the villagers of Yato, Loto, Ngake and Nassau

Pukapukan Music Recorded on Location by Gemma Cubero del Barrio, Ray Day, and Seve Taunga

"Homecoming Song" Composers and Musicians:
Rori Daniel - lead vocal / kamaka
Vakaua Ayii - ukelele
Mukomuko Ataela - drum
Nomai Pakere - drum
Inuvai - guitar
Iorama, Runanga, Tatu, Peria, Johnny, Amelia, Charlie F. - voices

"Pukapuka National Anthem" & Makos recorded by Kevin B. Salisbury
(M.A. Thesis “Pukapukan People & Their Music” © 1983 K. B. Salisbury)

Score Musicians:
Jonathan Goldberger - acoustic & electric guitar
Jonny Rodgers - glass orchestra
Leif Karlstrom - violin
David Jacobs-Strain - slide guitar
Mathias Kunzli - percussion
Todd Sickafoose - piano, keyboards, acoustic bass

Score composed, recorded & mixed by Todd Sickafoose at Earycanal. (Group Chirp Music / BMI)
Additional recording by Billy Barnett at Gung-Ho.
Mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music.
Album artwork by Relja Penezic.

Soundtrack produced by Gemma Cubero del Barrio & Todd Sickafoose

Music Consultation:
Romani Katoa & Pio Ravarua

Very special thanks:
All the people and children of Pukapuka/Nassau.
All Members of the Kau Wo Wolo (Council of Island Chiefs).
The Religious Advisory Council: SDA, RC & CICC Churches.
The Pukapuka/Nassau Island Government: Member of Parliament, Mayor Levi Walewaoa, Island Councilors of Yato, Loto and Ngake. The Hospital, Bank & Niua School in Pukapuka.
And to all the voices of Yato, Loto, Ngake and Nassau.

"THE ISLAND IN ME" Film Credits:

Director, Producer, Writer, Camera: Gemma Cubero del Barrio

Executive Producers: Gemma Cubero del Barrio, Suzanne LaFetra Collier

Executive Producer for Pacific Islanders In Communications (PIC): Leanne K. Ferrer

Editor: Kyung Lee

Music Composer: Todd Sickafoose

Film Sound Mix and Design: Phil Perkins

Interviewees (In Order of Appearance): Amelia Rachel Hokuleʻa Borofsky, Florence Ngatokorua “Johnny” Tiane Frisbie, Nancy Schildt, Dr. Rob Borofsky, Charles Mataa Frisbie, Carla Ngatokorua Humphrey, Croc Coulter, Mama Nalui Taunga, Iotama Ravarua, Mama, Lakela Sekei Teophilo, Pila Ravarua, Linda Auora Mataora, Tim Anker

Cinematographer: Vicente Franco

Aerial and Underwater Photography: Kolee Tinga

Cameras: Gabrielle FaʻAiuaso, Kolee Tinga, Gemma Cubero del Barrio
Additional Cameras: Amelia Rachel Hokuleʻa Borofsky, Valerie Narte, Julian Zeman

Associate Producer: Haumea Hebenstreit Ho, Solomon Nio-Aporo, Will Oldham, Pio Ravarua

Production Coordinator, Rarotonga Unit: Maurice Newport & Motone Productions Production Coordinator, Pukapuka Unit: Pio Ravarua

Sound Recording: Gemma Cubero del Barrio, Ray Day, Valerie Narte, Seve Taunga

Consulting Editors: Kate Amend, ACE, Celeste Carrasco, Shirley Thompson

Color and Online: Heather Weaver

Poster and Album Cover Design: Relja Penezic
DCP: Simple DCP

This project was completed with the support of the Women Make Movies Production Assistance Program.

The Island in Me is a co-production of Talcual Films and Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC) with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).

The Island In Me was produced by Talcual Films which is solely responsible for its content.


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Tony & Grammy award-winning composer, producer, orchestrator, bandleader and double bassist whose music straddles the worlds of folk, indie rock, jazz and chamber music.


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