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Zion Project

Zion Project
Country:New Zealand
Website:http://www.zion-project.com
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

Bensan
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
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.

Touring
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 Headphones".

DJ Chops
No information available.

DJ Nate
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 & Maori Music.

Nickname
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).

Friends
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 Volume 2".

Styles
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.

Skills
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 fighting.

Albums
The crew is working in the studio on new material. They usually only play live and this will be there debut album.


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