Dam Native (aka Daniel Haimona) was born in Wellington and is of Te Arawa, Tainui and Ngati Kahunungu descent. His pioneering album "KDRU Kaupapa Driven Rhymes Uplifted" was released by Tangata Records in 1996. In the same year the album won him two music awards: 'Most Promising Group' and 'Most Promising Male Vocalist'. And a hit single 'Behold My Kool Style', which went on to win 'Best Music Video' in the Flying Fish Awards. Now accompanied 15 years later by the singing, guitar lead and gifted vocalist Bryson Campbell, Dam Natives new album "Aotearoa… Nobody does it Better" is finally released.
Record companies saw hip-hop as a passing phase in the 90's and Dam Native went underground after the first album in disgust. He was signed by Heart Music in 2003 and slowly created his second album as a response to what he considered "kid hop". He wanted to make adult music for adults. While some artists like to put albums out every other day he takes a less is more approach. Heralded by every MC in New Zealand as the Maker and Leader of NZ Rap history (go on, ask them yourselves) Dam Native have put the heart back into Hip Hop music once more to deliver an exceptional second album of highly crafted verses.
Tracks: 1. The Majestic 2. Cracked It 3. The Son Part II 4. Lick My Patu 5. Rebel 6. Terminal Illness 7. Whakarongo Mai Nei 8. Living Street 9. Sirens In The City 10. Only You