Their cultural backgrounds unite a remarkable diversity of Polynesia in bringing together Maori, Tongan, Samoan and Cook Island ancestry, have become one of the biggest names in music. It began with the Gold-selling Top Ten debut single "Nesian Style" at the end of 2001. Next up was "It's On", another Gold-selling radio smash released in March 2002. "It's On" warmed the airwaves throughout the winter months, hitting No.2 in the Singles chart. But it was the November 2002 release of Nesian Mystik's album "Polysaturated
" that saw fans excitement explode at New Zealand record stores.
" burst into the album chart at Number One and was certified Gold by the end of its first week of sales and out sold every superstar out there in the overhyped xmas market. By the end of June, the album was still in the national top 10 and was certified Triple Platinum. Critics united with fans in hailing the album as a landmark debut release by a New Zealand group. The third single release "For The People" followed the album release just before Christmas and gave Nesian Mystik a hat-trick of Top 10 singles. What's more it became their third consecutive Gold selling single, but the release of their forth single "Unity" also achieving Top Ten status is an unprecedented achievement in recent New Zealand pop history.Four consecutive Top Ten singles. This was followed by their fifth single "Brothaz" although not quite making top ten status charted at #12.
As well as the five singles, Nesian Mystik's album is packed with the Group's unique and infectious blend of pasifikan infused r'n'b and hip-hop. It also features remarkable contributions from two of the biggest stars in local hip-hop, Che Fu, and DLT, as well as Tyna from the Dubious Brothers, John Purcell Pulietu and a host of superb guest musicians. Nesian Mystik was formed in the music room of Auckland's Western Springs College -this is where the band first created their sound. They compose all their material, music, beats and rhymes -they are blessed with not only great singing and rapping talent from their four stand-out members but a brilliant guitarist in the form of David Atai, happy to sit onstage beside his Nesian brothers and jam his acoustic guitar to add a unique flavour to their sound. 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.
They have supported international artists Robbie Williams, Missy Elliott, Shaggy and The Black Eyed Peas and have played to crowds of 40,000. Achievements have included the following awards:
- NZ Tui for The Best Urban Album
- NZ Tui for the People's Choice Award
- Juice TV Award 2003 for Best Hip Hop Video
- 2003 Entertainers Of The Year Award
- bFM Award for Best Urban Album
- The APRA Silver Scroll Award in 2003
Te Awanui 'Awa' Reeder (vocals)
Feleti 'Sabre' Strickson-Pua (raps)
Donald 'Oldwun' McNulty (raps)
Junior 'Junz' Rikiau (MC, drums)
David 'Dmon' Atai (guitar, vocals)
Heath 'Notiq' (turntables)