|The Tokelau-Apia Liaison Office launched its theme song, “My Tokelau” today. It marks the participation of this true Small Island Developing State, in the SIDS conference that kicks off in Apia this week.
The Ulu of Tokelau, Aliki Faipule Kuresa Nasau stated: “This song is about localizing and understanding global issues such as the sustainability of our vulnerable islands in the face of climate change, national disasters, exploitation of our oceans, and the unsustainable use of our environment.
“I believe that Tokelauans and friends of Tokelau everywhere can celebrate another milestone in our journey. I want to acknowledge a special musician, Mr Danny Rae Costello and his team who have worked tirelessly to bring the hearts and souls of Tokelau into SIDS here in Samoa. I want to express my sincere gratitude – Fakafetai lahi lele! Through this theme song, you are helping Tokelau and other small islands such as ours convey our distinct voice,” the Ulu said.
Singer-songwriter Danny Costello introducing his work
|“Tokelau congratulates the Government and the people of Samoa for their role in bringing the world to Samoa so that we can highlight these shared issues, ultimately ensuring a safer and sustainable future for our region and beyond.
“I hope that the theme song “My Tokelau” that we are launching today will continue to encourage all to work together. I know that Tokelauans and friends of Tokelau everywhere will share in the pride of what we can accomplish through initiatives such as the one demonstrated through today’s launch and commencement of our SIDS engagement. Thank you and God Bless!The song is available in mp3 format on the website, as are the lyrics in pdf format (see below also). A video to accompany the music will be mounted soon – mind its large file size.”
Song in mp3 format (big file: 12 MB)
Lyrics in pdf format (1 page, 250 KB)
Video in mp4 format (huge file, 180 MB)
See also articles in:
Newsline of 27 August 2014 (pdf, 1 MB)
Samoa Observer of 28 August 2014 (pdf, 240KB)
Singer-songwriter Danny Costello and Tokelau-SIDS adviser Leatigaga Mark Bonin at the video-presentation and song launch in Apia today.