Sista Sounds celebrates female musicians of the Pacific on ABC Radio Australia

Tuesday afternoons, from 3:00pm PNG time, Sista Sounds on ABC Radio Australia takes you across the Pacific playing established and emerging female musical talent, representing the region’s diverse sounds and influences. The weekly show is hosted by Samoan-Australian music journalist Sosefina Fuamoli.

Sosefina Fuamoli

Fuamoli has twice won Best Live Music Journalist at the Australian National Live Music Awards and hosts of On the Record and Pacific Sundays already on ABC Radio Australia. Rick Howe will produce the new show.

​Fuamoli and Howe hope listeners will learn about new music not only from their home island nations but also from neighbouring island countries.

Fuamoli said:

“It’s a really cool opportunity for me as a music fan to be able to discover more music from our beautiful island regions. But more importantly, as someone with the platform to do so, this show is going to be a haven for incredible women to have their moment. And have that moment in a way that is organic and real; not just a token spotlight week on female music that is gassed up once a year.” 

​We’re really looking to create a space within our community to feature and preference talented female artists. Somewhere that audiences, fellow artists and anyone who is interested can discover new music and powerful female voices, all year round.” 

ABC Radio Australia manager Justine Kelly said:

“I’m thrilled that in the same week as International Women’s Day, we’re able to launch Sista Sounds as a platform for Pacific women’s music to be amplified. Sose’s expertise in music journalism and passion for Pacific artists, combined with Rick’s extensive knowledge of Pacific music, will provide listeners with an exciting weekly discovery of emerging female talent from across the region.” 

Sista Sounds is broadcast on ABC Radio Australia every Tuesday at 3:00pm PNG time and repeated on Fridays at 5:00pm PNG time. You can also listen live via internet streaming, through 24-hour FM stations, or catch up with full episodes on ABC Pacific online.

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