Pacific Break

Pacific Break

Namila Benson

Pacific Break

The latest and best music from across the Pacific. Our weekly radio program uncovering new talent from across the region and sharing their stories. Pacific Break is also heard on ABC Local Radio Digital in Australia and through partner stations in the Pacific.  Connect with us via FacebookSoundcloud and at


Pacific Break 15th August 2014

15 August 2014, 14:26 AEST

Namila Benson takes you island-hopping across the region on this week’s Pacific Break, taking in sounds from across Melanesia and Polynesia. 

Pacific Break 8th August 2014

Updated 8 August 2014, 16:23 AEST

Over the last six years of Pacific Break, we’ve received hundreds of fantastic songs by diverse musicians hailing from right across Oceania. This week on PacBreak, we do a showcase of just some of the biggest artists and tunes that have caught our attention. 

Tongan songwoman/orator and performance artist, Sista Native.

Pacific Break 1st August 2014

Updated 1 August 2014, 15:54 AEST

Coming up on this week’s episode of Pacific Break, we hear from Tongan songwoman/orator and performance artist, Sista Native. 

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Pacific Break 25th July 2014

Updated 25 July 2014, 15:09 AEST

This week on Pacific Break with Namila Benson, Samoan songwoman, dancer, poet and weaver, Grace Vanilau

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Pacific Break 18th July 2014

Updated 18 July 2014, 15:34 AEST

This week on Pacific break with Namila Benson: Fijian producer and performer Wilo Raffian Smooth

West Papuan vocalist, Lea Rumwaropen

Pacific Break 11th July 2014

Updated 17 July 2014, 10:37 AEST

Join us this week on Pacific Break as we meet Lea Rumwaropen, lead vocalist from West Papuan band, Tabura. Namila Benson finds out how culture, family and politics have helped shape Lea's music and life.

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Pacific Break 4th July 2014

Updated 11 July 2014, 14:07 AEST

We're off to Lae in Papua New Guinea to meet a local beatmaker and producer, Bata Jakes. He's a young man who's making hip hop in the Pacific and taking it to the next level. 

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Pacific Break 27th June 2014

Updated 17 July 2014, 10:46 AEST

The late, great Afrobeat musician, Fela Kuti once said, "Music is the weapon".  And for our featured PacBreak artist this week - talented PNG percussionist, producer and multi-instrumentalist, Airileke Ingram - this is the gospel that guides his creativity.

Vanuatu DJ and Beatboxer: Local Remedy

Pacific Break 20th June 2014

Updated 23 June 2014, 11:30 AEST

Exploring the best in Pacific sounds from right across Oceania. Namila Benson meets Vanuatu MC Local Remedy, and a classic track from a bamboo band in Bougainville.

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Pacific Break 13th June 2014

Updated 13 June 2014, 15:15 AEST

With so much recent negative press, what do you know about Manus Island beyond the detention centre? 

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Pacific Break 6th June 2014

Updated 9 June 2014, 13:13 AEST

This weekend on Pacific Break, we chat with Phnom Penh-based, New Caledonian dj and producer – Christophe Gargiulo


Pacific Break 30th May 2014

Updated 6 June 2014, 14:52 AEST

What do you know about Rapa Nui – apart from it being a land of majestic, ancient statues, the Moai?  The music made there might surprise you.

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Pacific Break 23rd May 2014

Updated 11 July 2014, 14:08 AEST

This week on Pacific Break: the race is on - fresh music is arriving daily via Pacific Break's FB and SoundCloud pages.

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Pacific Break 16th May 2014

Updated 30 May 2014, 16:44 AEST

Pacific Break kicks off this week. In this first edition hosted by Namila Benson, we hear some of the best original music from across Pacific.

Namila Benson, host of Pacific Break

Pacific Break radio program makes its debut

Updated 16 May 2014, 14:43 AEST

Hosted by Radio Australia’s Namila Benson, the Pacific Break weekly radio program features the best original music from around the Pacific and will be available through Radio Australia’s sixteen 24-hour Pacific FM frequencies, regional partner stations and ABC digital radio in Australia.

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