Radio Australia Launches Search For Unsigned Pacific Musicians

Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

News Release

Radio Australia Melbourne, Australia

April 30, 2012

Today Radio Australia launches Pacific Break 2012 ‘remastered’. This year the winner will fly to Australia to experience a new opportunity.

Between the 12th and 19th of November this year, the winner of Pacific Break 2012 will fly to Australia to record a demo of their best song within a professional recording environment, showcase their musical talents and learn from industry professionals. They’ll also attend the Australasian World Music Expo in Melbourne accompanied by a local music mentor who will provide guidance and assistance throughout their Australian experience.

Over the past four years Radio Australia’s Pacific Break has been committed to uncovering the best unsigned original musicians the Pacific has to offer with the winners from each year performing at Fest’Napuan, a four day music festival in Vanuatu.

In Pacific Break’s inaugural year Vanuatu’s 26 Roots were named as winners, followed in 2009 by Papua New Guinea’s Emmanuel Mailau, Solomon Islands impressive reggae artists III Kings in 2010 and Fijian hip-hop crew BSQ last year. Walter Wasile from BSQ modestly reflected, ‘We’re not the best but we believe that that there are others who’ll come after us who’ll make it and they will be better."

According to Dr Mike McCluskey, CEO of Radio Australia, while the major prize of Pacific Break has changed, the aim of the competition remains the same, "Pacific Break accepts entries from any Pacific artist provided they don’t have a recording or publishing contract. The best entries received in the competition will feature on the Pacific Break 2012 compilation CD, and as always, all entries received will be available for download on the Pacific Break website and played across Radio Australia’s FM network in the Pacific."

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