Dei Hamo Profile

aka Sani Sagala, Sane Sagala
Gareth Shute
12 Dec 2013

Dei Hamo arrived in the first wave of New Zealand hip-hop during the late 80s. He helped popularise the new sounds coming out of South Auckland and created bridges by working with a wide range of artists from different backgrounds.

He was a key artist on the Proud and Pioneers of A Pacifikan Frontier compilations, but when this scene began to fade, he turned away from music for a few years before returning with a No.1 hit.

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This Is My Life (2005)
Dei Hamo - To Tha Floor
Dei Hamo - Cry Again (featuring Tim Finn)
Dei Hamo at the Hip Hop Summit
Photo credit: Gareth Shute collection
Nathan Haines and the Enforcers, Auckland Town Hall, July 1994 with Sani Sagala AKA Dei Hamo on vocals/raps
Cry Again, with Tim Finn (2002)
Nathan Haines - Lady J
Manuel Bundy, Nathan Haines, Sani Sagala on the Shift Left tour, Queenstown, 1995
Photo credit: Photo by Simon Grigg
Dei Hamo - We Gon' Ride
Dei Hamo at The Big Day Out, 2006
Photo credit: Gareth Shute collection
Dei Hamo
Photo credit: Gareth Shute collection
Dei Hamo - This Is My Life
We Gon Ride (2004)
Daryn Karaitiana, Kevin Field, Nathan Haines, Sani Sagala on the Shift Left tour, Queenstown, 1995
Photo credit: Photo by Simon Grigg
Labels:

Urban Pacifika Records


Huh!


HiRUYS


Universal

Trivia:

Since becoming a music video director, Sani has created videos for Pieter T, Devolo, and Smashproof (as well as videos for Deach and Tyree’s solo projects).

Six of the tracks on Dei Hamo’s album First Edition were produced in collaboration with John Chong-Nee, who was a member of AKA Brown back in the days of Urban Pacifika. Dei Hamo also guested on Chong-Nee’s album Just Getting By On Love (2006).