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Sorousian

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Tanrah 03:34
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Mumbwe 03:12
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Live Easy 03:23
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Save My Soul 04:17
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Myage 04:15
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Teteyar 03:53
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Pun Milye 04:43
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Sorousian is the highly anticipated debut album by Ni-Vanuatu artist Tio.

The title, Sorousian, loosely translates to “story” and combines the many facets of Tio’s musical identity and history. Across the album, Tio effortlessly blends his traditional music customs and sounds with modern instrumentation and production to paint a story of his experiences; from living in his home island of Ambrym, Vanuatu’s capital Port Vila, and in Melbourne, Australia.

Sorousian is a multi-faceted album exploring the dichotomies in Tio’s life; tradition and modernity, urban and island life; Ni-Vanuatu cultures and Australian life. The variation can be seen in the two singles that have already been released; ‘Mumbwe’ is a modern interpretation of a song used in the Rom custom dance sung in a language so old that the direct translation has been lost. ‘Black Butterfly’ however is a contemporary original which he wrote about city life and Tio’s belief that people need to live and work more truthfully; asking the audience to rethink their lifestyle’s relationship with nature.

The album was produced by Wantok Musik’s Creative Director David Bridie with Andrew Robinson and shares the way Tios’s musical traditions shift and combine with new styles to create rich sonic narratives.

credits

released September 25, 2020

All songs written by Tio Bang except:
Mumbwe, Bungbung Myaek (Tio Bang and Andrew Robinson)
Morning Star Bae Kam, Myage, Pun Milye (Tio Bang and David Bridie)
Save My Soul (Sofia Mono and Tio Bang)

Recorded and mixed by Andrew Robinson at Haus Bilas, Thornbury, Australia and at Further Arts, Port Vila
Produced by Andrew Robinson with David Bridie
Mastered by Naomune Anzai

Tio Bang: vocals, guitar, bass, ukulele, percussion
Hendrik Baransano: bass
David Bridie: piano, keyboards, vocals
Hope Csutoros: violin
Emmanuel Hakalitz: drums
David Leha: vocals
Helen Mountfort: cello
Luke Richardson: bass
Yosua Roem: vocals
Noemie Severin: violin
Kireni Sparks-Ngenge: vocals
Phil Wales: guitar

Illustrations by Joaquim Rufat
Photography by Sarah Doyle
Cover design by Rosa Coyle-Hayward

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Tio Melbourne, Australia

Tio Massing is a singer/songwriter from Ambrym island in Vanuatu. Tio has performed in Ni-Vanuatu reggae and roots groups.
A talented multi-instrumentalist, Tio plays violin, ukulele, guitar, tam tam, djembe and bush bass. He is driven by his passion to mix traditional and contemporary beats and styles and share them with other musicians.
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