November 25, 2016 6:21 am

Music is a highlight of Moana

One of the highlights of the Hollywood Disney Animation, Moana, is the soundtrack provided by The University of the South Pacific’s Pasifika Voices choir, according to New Zealand actor, Mr Temuera Morrison. Mr Morrison, who provides the voice for Chief Tui and Moana’s father in the film, was the Guest of Honour during the premiere of Disney’s Moana this week at Damodar […]

One of the highlights of the Hollywood Disney Animation, Moana, is the soundtrack provided by The University of the South Pacific’s Pasifika Voices choir, according to New Zealand actor, Mr Temuera Morrison.

USP Pasifika Voices choir during their performance at the Damodar Event Cinemas.
USP Pasifika Voices choir during their performance at the Damodar Event Cinemas.

Mr Morrison, who provides the voice for Chief Tui and Moana’s father in the film, was the Guest of Honour during the premiere of Disney’s Moana this week at Damodar Event Cinemas.

Moana is the 2016 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios, the 56th film in Disney’s animated features canon, and is directed by Ron Clements and John Musker.

The film introduces Auli’i Cravalho as Moana and features Dwayne Johnson, also known as the ‘The Rock’ who is the highest earning Pacific Islander. It is about a young woman who uses her navigational skills to set sail for a fabled island, together with the legendary demi-god Maui.

Mr Morrison, during his address at the premiere, said that the Polynesian flavour provided in the music is one of the best features of the film, and attributed its hit to USP’s Head of Performing Arts, Mr Igelese Ete.

He further added that Disney has opened up the window of Pacific stories.

“There are many more stories to tell so hopefully this Disney Moana will encourage more filmmakers and even ourselves to make stories so that we can reflect them to our children and make them feel proud,” Mr Morrison said.

Chief Guest of the event, Attorney General and Minister for Economy, Public Enterprises, Civil Service and Communications, Honourable Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said that “it is a very proud moment for us to have the production here.”

Honourable Sayed-Khaiyum thanked Mr Ete and the Pasifika Voices team at USP for showcasing their talent.