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NZRelo - Dei Hamo

Dei Hamo

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Dei Hamo is considered by many to be one of New Zealand’s hottest talents, his debut single, We Gon Ride spent 3 months in the Top 10 on the New Zealand Top 50 Singles Chart (5 weeks at #1), and the highly acclaimed video clip, shot by leading music video/movie maker, Chris Graham (Scribe – Dreaming, Not Many Remix) was video of the Year (2004).

For Dei Hamo this success is the culmination of a 15-year musical odyssey that began as a high school student writing a song a day and working on his rhymes. From there Dei Hamo worked with a variety of leading New Zealand hip hop projects including Stubborn Purpose, Urban Pacifika and New Zealand’s now legendary hip hop undertaking – the ‘Proud’ tour.

Following the birth of his son Kiani in ’99, Dei Hamo took two years off from music while he concentrated on being a new father. But the power of music’s call had him back in the studio in 2002 with the aim of doing a small independent release. Synchronicity being what it is, Matt Ruys (K’Lee, ELEMENO P, Brooke Fraser) was trying to track Dei Hamo down at the same time to sign to his new label HiRUYS Records, a joint venture with Universal Music New Zealand.

The talent of Dei Hamo has been recognised by other top New Zealand musicians, a number of who have appeared on his debut album. Tim Finn re-recorded his wistful Split Enz classic I Hope I Never, which blends effortlessly with Dei Hamo’s longing rhymes in the newly titled Cry Again. And stellar* lead singer Boh Runga co-wrote and sang on the powerful Home Invasion, a tale of music as a sanctuary in a troubled world. Renowned beat-maker John Chong Nee provided a number of the unstoppable grooves on the album, which avoids relying on samples for hooks.

Now Dei Hamo is back with his new single, Lyka Teen. If this is anything to go by, his new album entitled Body Language, may just be the album to watch out for this year.

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