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|Info:||Zion Project from New Zealand started in 2003 and consists
of the following members:|
- Ben Clayton : Bensan
- John Hickson : MC Choirboy
- Adam Dewe : DJ Chops
- Nate Russell [Ngati Kahungunu] : DJ Nate
This MC has been rapping since he was 16 years old and now
at the age of 34 he is still performing. As he states "I
donít know if time has made me better at it, but I still
love writing rap and hearing new styles come through. I have
performed in a few bands. I started out in a band called
straight up, which was a metal rap band and also a band
called Bedawenfed which had a similar sound. Zion Project is
exciting for me because we are a family and eager to include
other forms of art."
MC Choirboy has been rhyming, since 1994 when he first
started in the band Tribal Groovers. He was inspired to
start when he heard the group SFC and realised that he
wanted to rap about reality and issues affecting the youth.
He presents a holy hip hop radio show on 88.7FM
(Wainuiomata, New Zealand) two times a week.
That year Tribal Groovers entered the Smokefree Rock Quest
and made the Wellington finals.
In 1996 MC Choirboy toured New Zealand with the group
Certain Sounds, they were the hardest working band at the
time playing three high schools a day 5 days a week (plus
big concerts on the weekend) for 11 months. After the tour
had finished he started writing for his first album, which
was finally released 2004 called "Get Inside The
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Hailing from Arakura, Wainuiomata, DJ Nate also known as
Nate Russell (Ngati Kahungunu) multi talented skilled. He is
fully into his kaupapa maori.
Nate has been involved in many fields within Maori Art &
His nicknames are "Pit", "PitBull or "Big Fullah". And
he has been working alongside Aaron Davey from DoughBoy
Records and Neil Chruishank from Maori Music.com, Tangata
Records as well as MC ChoirBoy (John Hickson).
Nate and John have been friends since the young age, Nate
says "I took John into the studio for his first recording
with Aaron Davey at DoughBoy Records on his first big hit
"Inside Of Me", which is on the album "Gifted & Maori
Nate also has a very contemporary styles of music, which
involves a lot of hip hop, R&B, reggae, old skool and
gospel. Besides beatmaking he has a show "Tha Rage FM",
where he's coaching the youth on DJ'ing, passing on his
skills. In the weekend he does several radio shows more.
Nate has a range of skills from Ta Moko (Maori Tattooing),
Whakario (Maori Carving) & Taonga Puoro (Maori Instruments)
to Music, Martial Arts & Computers. He has been working with
the youth at the Tamaiti Whangai Holiday Programmes, Child
Youth and Family, Ngati Kahungunu Ki Poneke (Iwi Social
Services of Wellington) and Te Kura Kaupapa O Maori (Maori
Schools). He used to teach Martial Arts via FreeStyle
Fighting, CQB (Close Quarters Battle), Muay Thai and weapon
The crew is working in the studio on new material. They
usually only play live and this will be there debut album.