The Young Woman and the Sea: Disney’s Moana
Disney’s latest animated masterwork Moana, which opened in Australian cinemas on Boxing Day, is proving to be a hit with audiences and critics alike, having broken opening weekend records set by the studio’s mega-hit Frozen. The film explores the mythology of ancient Polynesia, and features a diverse voice cast that includes the likes of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Nicole Scherzinger, Flight of the Conchords’ Jemaine Clement, and more.
But what you may not already know is that the voice of extraordinary Clifford Wallace talent Olivia Foa’i can be heard on the film’s soundtrack, singing the beautiful hymnal “Tulou Tagaloa.” On a soundtrack that celebrates the traditional sounds of Polynesian music in inventive ways, the Samoan-language piece is a standout.
We are immensely proud that Olivia has contributed to a portrayal of the culture of the Pacific Islands that comes with the established reputation of the world’s finest animators. She, along with her father Opetaia who contributed many of the songs to the film, was lucky enough to perform at the film’s world premiere.
Ever graceful and humble, Olivia has shown the kind of focus and dedication that it takes to succeed. After this career milestone, we can’t wait to see where this prodigiously talented young woman goes next.