Newly formed Lite Life Band were proud winners of Wantok FM's 'Best Band of the Year' award.

The win came as a real surprise to band members, who topped other local bands for the 2008 award.

"We feel so privileged to be this year's winner and a good boost to advance our band further," band member, Junior Bana, told Solomon Times following the award night earlier this month.

He said winning the award was a real surprise to all band members.

"Our band was formed beginning of this year so we didn't expect this award at all, but we see it as our hard work being rewarded," he said.

Agreeing to Junior, the band's lead vocalist, Harry Oge, said that the award reflects the strong support of fans.

"We truly underestimated ourselves against all long existing bands and we owe our award to our supporters who have helped us reach such an achievement," Harry said.

Lite Life earlier this year released their first album, "Island Feelin'", which attracted huge public favour.

The band received nominations on Wantok FM's Top 20 local hits as their tunes hit the airwaves.

Solomon Times understands that voting for bands came from listeners.

Meanwhile, Pagasa was awarded the "Male Solo Artist of the Year" for his single 'Oloman Finish', LG received the "Female Solo Artist of the Year" while Door Man's Project (DMP) was awarded for being longest to be on the chart.

Other bonus prizes given to various bands include: 'Rookie of the year', 'Newest Group of the Year' and 'Consistency on the Charts'.