please signup to our mailing list
how else are you going to get free ticket giveaways, cds and t shirts?!




::: N8V Blog :::

::: pioneers of horified hiphop :::

Native Foundation @ Kings Arms

Dam Native are playing this Saturday at Kings Arms.

Native Foundation

Native Foundation

Only You – Music Video

a MUSIC VIDEO for your viewing pleasure:




February 2011

New Zealand hip hop pioneer Dam Native is launching a dramatic music video for the hard-hitting single, Only You, from the groundbreaking second album – Aotearoa … Nobody Does It Better.

The highly crafted killer tune is a collaborative effort between the band’s lead musician Daniel Haimona (Hype the Native), musical director Bryson Campbell (Blakman) and programmer Robert Lundon.

A House of Taonga production with support from New Zealand On Air, the music video was shot by Rakai Karaitiana from House of Aroha with editing by Rongotai Lomas and Rawiri Motutere.

Dam Native are renowned for their poetic skills, songwriting genius, phat beats and underground integrity – and the lyrics for Only You continue to set the benchmark for political street music in New Zealand:

“An addict / like I’m drawn to magnets / don’t panic / i got you running from my magic / horee savage / the systems trying to kill me / but I’ll fight before it happens / respect first / then money / basic shit / if you need to ill on me / you better make it quick / these jails / the highest number / are Maori males / when the truth is revealed / it will read the systems failed.”

To view online, go to:

For more information including interviews, images and copies of the music video, contact:

Tracey Tawhiao. [email protected].

Kotahitanga Unity Festival – Paeroa

Schedule / Timeslots / Lineup / Running Order for Kotahitanga concert.

On stage

DJ PHAZE 10.00
Te Tohu- Charles Royal

Toni Huata and Paddy Free_Mihi Whakatau

Mc Mabel

Ni n Jah 12.00-12.30
Local Vocal crew 12.45 -1.15
Dam Native 1.30 -2.15
Kotahitanga (rangatahi view) 2.15
Moana 2.30-3.15
Chantdown 3.30-4.10
Whirimako Black 4.30-5.15
Kotahitanga KaiKorero 5.20-
Native Sons 5.35-6.20
Mihirangi 6.30-7.15
Foundation 7.30-8.15
Kotahitanga in Hauraki 8 .15
Ardijah 8.25 -9.25
Pitch Black 9.35- 10.20
1814 10. 40-11.55
12pm End

Cyclone Wilma Friday night 7pm

New Album Release Date Set

The much-anticipated second Dam Native Album is ready to launch and should not be missed. Hip-Hop pioneers responsible for an “Urban Musical Cultural Revolution”

DAM NATIVE Daniel Haimona better known as Hypethenative was born in Wellington and is of Te Arawa, Tainui and Ngati Kahunungu descent.

Hypethenative is the Poetic Mike Master of his Pioneering Album KDRU Kaupapa Driven Rhymes Uplifted … in his words “ahead of his time why a lot of you missed it.” Produced by Zane Lowe and 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 cool style, which went on to win best music video in the flying fish awards.

And 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 still ahead of its time but this time don’t miss it. Grant Smithies writes in his book Soundtrack 118 great New Zealand Albums … “he [Dam Native] has never received the wider success that he deserves. Lets hope that he doesn’t stop until he has.”

No he has not stopped it just takes time to follow up such a great first album with an even better one. 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 Heartmusic 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 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. With guest MC Tyna on Sirens in the City and Strong beats by Robert Lundon and Bryson Campbell who keeps the hard beats infectious.

And killer songs like Lick My Patu

We’re just greater/it doesn’t mean that I hate ya/ so don’t even try to defy the laws of nature/ passion/ perseverance/ hardwork is what it took/ and the golden rule/ don’t hang with motherf**kers who get shook.

And Cracked It

I’ve already cracked it/see what I’ve got/ what is perceived of me/it might not seem I have a lot/ but my self-esteem/ it seems/ is no dream/ its boiling hot/ enemies/ don’t exist for me/ we all love that native hip-hop.

To tunes like Whakarongo mai nei and Only You. Even if you don’t like Hip- hop you can’t not love this musical story.

If you want to know about true Maori style then take a leaf from the pages of Dam Natives Lyric sheets and plug it into your ears before pasting it on your bedroom wall.

No flash producers, no overseas recording deals and no big budget and still this one of a kind Hip-hop album will last long after all others are dead.

The Band

The Dam Native band is made up of 6 members and is a patriotic, musical and lyrical testament to Aotearoa. Tom Atkinson on Drums, Joseph Hoani Dylan Keating on bass, Timothy Williams on Keyboards, Bryson Campbell aka BlakMan on lead guitar, MC vocals, Pirimia Falwasser aka Nativesixonetwo MC vocals and Daniel Haimona aka HypetheNative MC Supreme. The band has transformed the hard edge beats into musical magic and is arguably the best Hip-hop band in the world.

Quotes from Askew

“It may be hard to fathom anything more local…but this single image of Danny Haimona aka Hyper D from Dam Native just screamed at me at such an immense volume.”

“Easily regarded as on the most iconic and influential local artists for youth of that era.”

“Ranging from his swagger and sense of style, the manner in which he made music with the perfect balance of Maori attitude yet not in a way that put it in the realm of being easily pigeon-holed as just ‘cultural music’.”

“He made straight up and down Hip Hop music with raw attitude and he influenced a whole generation that didn’t necessarily feel that their voice had validity within the genre.”

“To me, Danny represented empowerment that stood the test of time. He could flip effortlessly between Te Reo and English; spoke in local terms and in real Maori slang with a natural accent. “

“For a good decade you could travel to the most rural places and hear people rapping in a style derivative of his.”

The Song List

  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.

Dam Native @ Juice Bar November 13

Auckland gig announced: Dam Native and Hangman with support from Infinite Rensta down at Juice Bar Saturday November 13.

So get down there.

Dam Native @ Juice Bar Friday 14 May

Gig announced!

At late notice, Dam Native FULL LIVE BAND have been recruited into playing a free entry gig in Parnell this next Friday 14 May at Juice Bar! There will be a bunch of other bands playing there too so get on down and hangout at this cool bar. Roots west are a reggae band and are starting things out for the evening. After that is 86 who is a solo hip hop artist playing over some backing tracks. Then comes Dam Native full live 6 piece band, we got 612 from Sydney for this one, its fully loaded. Then comes Fastwalker to finish things off.

Lineup and order of playing:

  • Roots West
  • 86
  • Dam Native
  • Fastwalker

More accurate times will be posted when available.

K.D.R.U. Tracklisting

CD Album Track Listing for “Kaupapa Driven Rhymes Uplifted” released in 1996:

1. 4 Realms Intro
2. Behold My Kool Style
3. Extremeties
4. No Formal Training
5. Battle Styles
6. Think About It Interlude
7. Travelling
8. Rise And Shine Interlude
9. The Horrified One Feat. Teremoana Rapley
10. Revolution
11. 4 Realms Of Existence
12. The Son Feat. Che Fu, Beware and Blackman
13. K.D.R.U Interlude
14. Provoke Reactions
15. 4 Realms Outro

Matakana Island “Natural Breeze” Festival

When: Sat 16 Jan, 10:00am–8:45pm
Where: Natural Breeze Festival, Matakana Island, Tauranga

Katchafire, Herbs Unplugged, P-Money/Pnc/David Dallas/Dam Native, 1814, Oceania Storm, Maisey Rika, Ria Hall, Kindred Spirit, Left Hand Break, Tait Kora Band, Regan Perry, She’s Just Greedy, Katikati College Acts, Tauranga Boys & Girls Kapa Haka Group, Local Musicians: – Ripeka Murray, Jenna Palmer, David Murray
View Larger Map

All Ages
Ticket Information:
•    Adult: $52.00
•    Children 12 & over: $52.00
•    Children under 12 *conditions apply – see website): $0.00


Official Site:

High Res 4 MB PDF of poster:

Dam Native @ Rakinos Sat 7 November

High in Minds Eye Productions Present…

live band
plus DJ CXL and theonelike Furious

at Rakinos – Sat 7 November
Doors at 10pm
$5 before 11pm then $10 after
Band should be on around midnight!

Facebook Event Facebook Event

PDF High Res A4 Poster

Dam Native live band make a rare appearance after a delay while working on videos for the upcoming album “Aotearoa… Nobody Does It Better”… fresh and bursting with native wairua, come and check the band out for a super low price of $5 before 11pm, we just want to pack it out, and have a slamming gig! The one like Furious will work the crowd into a lather from 10pm onwards until just after midnight when the band of rolling stones DAM N8V will take the stage, followed by DJ CXL into the wee small hours.


Kia ora whanau… If your in Wellington in the first week of July make sure you come down and checkout DAM NATIVE LIVE… We will be on stage at 3:15pm sharp til 4pm (DJ CXL, Hype, and Blk). Nau mai haere mai nga iwi katoa… Please come and support this great Kaupapa!!! Mauri Ora!!!!