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PM – New Zealand’s newest musical sensation crowned world champions 08/07/2014

Awesome radio interview with the champs! Move over, Crowded House and Lorde - New Zealand has a new singing sensation: the Musical Island Boys. The four singers have become the world's champion barbershop quartet, blitzing the competition in Las Vegas with their Maori and Polynesian style. This report by New Zealand correspondent Dominique Schwartz. (The Musical Island Boys perform Childhood by...
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Webcast welcomes Grammy-nominated Neyla Pekarek

Sweet Adeline Neyla Pekarek, more famously known as the cellist of the Grammy nominated folk rock band, The Lumineers, joined 7,000 attendees at the Las Vegas convention. Neyla was invited to chat with the webcast hosts where she stated that coming to the convention she felt much more at home and even star-struck. She also reveals that she found barbershop in an odd sort of way. Her high school...
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North Texas’ Vocal Majority Chorus Wins Big At International Chorus Contest | Art&Seek

Here's a nice, brief mention of the Vocal Majority's win. We were delighted to see that this story embeds the YouTube video of the Daily Recap show. North Texas’ very own Vocal Majority Chorus has won another big competition. Over the weekend, the group won the Barbershop Harmony Society International Chorus Contest in Las Vegas. Vocal Majority says that more than 150 of its members were on stag...
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Harmony reigns for barbershop boys | Stuff.co.nz

Now is the hour for Kiwi barbershop quartet Musical Island Boys who were judged best in the world in Las Vegas at the weekend. The foursome required a special dispensation from the International Barbershop Harmony Society rules two years ago to be allowed to compete singing in a "foreign" language. And so the Maori version of Now is the Hour was their swansong when the four, including former Pal...
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Island harmony a winner – NZ Herald News

First the unmitigated success of cheeky operatic trio Sol3Mio, and now the Musical Island Boys become a world champion barbershop quartet? From the outside, it seems like a sudden coincidence that young Polynesian people are taking the world by storm in the most Palagi-est musical forms there are. What's got into them? But the truth is, they've been darn good at this singing business for a ver...
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Māori Party singing Praises of the Musical Island Boys | Scoop News

The Maori Party has congratulated four young men on a mission, who in 2002 took up barbershop singing at Tawa College, and tonight took out the Gold Medal in the 2014 International Barbershop Harmony Society competitions in Las Vegas. “The Musical Island Boys have now demonstrated they are among the best male barbershop quartets in the world” said Hon Dr Pita Sharples. “Matt Gifford, bass (Ngati ...
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No worries for Musical Island Boys | Stuff.co.nz

A Wellington barbershop quartet has won a major competition in the United States, the home of the art form. The Musical Island Boys - Matthew Gifford, Jeff and Will Hunkin and Marcellus Washburn - won first place in the 76th Annual International Barbershop Singing Convention in Las Vegas over the weekend. Shona Murray, who was head of the music department at Tawa College when the boys first got ...
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Musical Island Boys win world title – Story – Entertainment – 3 News

Kiwi a capella quartet the Musical Island Boys have taken the top title at the International Barbershop Singing Convention in Las Vegas. The quartet, which is made up of men of Maori and Pacific descent, is the first group from the Southern Hemisphere to win the championship and only the second group not from the United States to take the top spot. via Musical Island Boys win world title - Story...
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