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Vodafone’s People Choice Award finalists 2008

Vodafone’s People Choice Award finalists 2008

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Horsemen Family

Media Release

17 September 2008

Vodafone’s People Choice Award finalists 2008

The people have spoken and the finalists for the Vodafone People’s Choice Award are: Antiform, Horsemen Family, Nesian Mystik, Parachute Band, and The DFenders.

After more than four weeks of voting by the New Zealand public and rallying of music fans, the nominees of more than 100 NZ artists and bands have been whittled down to these five finalists.

The Vodafone People’s Choice Awards finalists will now battle it out until voting closes midnight, 3 October and the winner will be announced at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards.

Antiform, whose members include Josh Purcell, Brendon Spain and Luke Purcell, are famous for it’s breakbeats and Drum ‘n’ Bass and their commercial hit single ‘Got to be you’ with NZ’s man of the moment Tiki Taane.

Horsemen Family are exactly as described, a whole family of music artists under the Deceptikonz new indie label Horsemen Records. The band is lead by respected local stars, Mareko, Savage, Alphrisk and Devolo (Deceptikonz) and showcases the new talent of Frum Tha Stablez, Axeman, MZRE, Lyric, John Matrix and producers DJ Montana, DJ Shady-1 and DJ Blaze.

Nesian Mystik (Te Awanui Reeder, Donald McNulty, David Atai, Junior Rikiau, Heath Manukau and Feleti Strickson-Pua) and their cultural backgrounds unite a remarkable diversity of Polynesia in bringing together Maori, Tongan, Samoan and Cook Island. Their lyrical themes are conscious and proud. They sing about what’s close to them, drawing on their cultures and families for inspiration, as well as the timeless topic of going out and having fun as well as their humorous take on hip-hop culture.

Parachute Band formed in 1996 to perform for the New Zealand Parachute Music Festival. Reformed with a new line up two years ago, band members Sam de Jong, Omega Levine, Rhys Machell, Simon Moore and Alister Wood have a huge following worldwide.

And last, but not least, The DFenders, a Dunedin-based band whose members include Adon Moskal, Luke Herlihy, Mike Carter and Matt Taine, are making a name for themselves with their catchy, hard-rocking 80s rock songs.

For this round of voting fans can only vote for one of the five finalists listed above and can only vote twice during the entire final voting period –once by TXT (free TXT VOTE[space]artist name to 787 ) and once online at www.

The winner of the award will be announced at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards on 8 October 2008.

*Standard TXT rates apply for Telecom mobile customers.


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