Dam Native Profile

aka DAM N8V
Gareth Shute
26 Oct 2017

Dam Native’s first album, Kaupapa Driven Rhymes Uplifted (1997), is widely considered one of the best hip hop albums ever to have come out of Aotearoa. The lyricism of lead rapper Danny Haimona (aka Danny D) fused hip hop attitude with a deep knowledge of Tikanga Māori and he fronted a live crew that sometimes extended out to a dozen rappers, singers, musicians, and breakdancers.

Haimona grew up in Island Bay, Wellington, and one of his childhood friends was a young Jon Toogood (pre-Shihad): both played cricket and made the local rep team. However, when Haimona was 13 years old, his father moved the family to Auckland for his work. The sudden move left Haimona feeling disconnected and listless. He was hanging around Aotea Square in Auckland’s CBD one day when he happened to meet DLT and Teremoana Rapley, who had moved to the city as part of Upper Hutt Posse. Coincidentally, the pair happened to live in the same part of town (Mt Eden) and became mentors in the years that followed. They also introduced Haimona to master carver, George Nuku, who often let the youngster stay at his house.

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Cover of Dam Native's debut album Kaupapa Driven Rhymes Uplifted (1997, Tangata Records)
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Danny Haimona, Dam Native
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Cover of Dam Native's second album Aotearoa Nobody Does It Better (2010)
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Dam Native - art design for debut album
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Dam Native - Only You
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Dam Native - B. Wave, Daniel Haimona, Bryson Campbell, Che Ness
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Behold My Kool Style, a 1996 single from Dam Native
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A poster to promote the Ram Dancehall single and live event with Danny D aka Dan E Dee on the right.
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Dam Native - Danny D, Bryson Campbell, Bennett Pomana
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Dam Native - Behold My Kool Style (1996, directed by Jonathan King)
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Dam Native - second album interior artwork design
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Dam Native's 1997 single The Son featured Che Fu and was produced by Andy Morton.
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Dam Native - Whakarongo Mai Nei
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Dam Native - poster for second album launch
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Daniel Haimona
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Dam Native
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Dam Native feat. Che Fu - The Son (1997)
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Dam Native - Lick My Patu (2012, directed by Daniel Haimona, Rongotai Lomas)
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Dam Native - Horified One (1996, directed by Rongotai Lomas)
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Tipene feat. DLT, Tyna & Dam Native - Pioneers
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Dam Native - Bryson Campbell, Danny Haimona
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Labels:

Tangata Records


Heart Music

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Members:

Danny D Haimona - MC

Bennett Pomana - MC

Teremoana Rapley - vocals

DLT - DJ

Bryson Campbell - guitar

Hone Manukau - MC

Thomas Kani Kani - guitar

Pirimia Falwasser - backing vocals

Tom Atkinson - drums

Jo Keating - bass

Timothy William - keyboards

Jo Kopua - percussion

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Trivia:

Dam Native remixed the Emma Paki song ‘Standalone’ in 2003 and Haimona added rapped verses to the track. This version was released as a single with an accompanying music video featuring Haimona.

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