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Dam Native plus Special Guests KJS

Dam Native plus Special Guests KJS

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When:

  • Sat 17 Mar ’12, 8:00pm

Where:

Kings Arms, 59 France St, Newton

Restrictions:

R18

Ticket Information:

  • Before 10pm: $10.00
  • After 10pm: $15.00

Website:

KA Web

Related Artists:

Dam Native

A night at The Kings Arms feat Dam Native, Nat Rose, The Kaipara Jammers & DJ Grassroots.

Formed at a time when New Zealand hip hop was a mere pipe-dream, Dam Native burst onto the scene with the release of their first album, "Kaupapa Driven Rhymes Uplifted", produced by Zane Lowe in 1996. Charged with the ferocity of urban youth, and riddled with Te Reo Māori, the music became the Kiwi answer to America's West Coast, at the height of its popularity at the same time.

Its success led to Tui awards for Most Promising Vocalist and Most Promising Group in 1997, and contained the now-classic "Behold My Kool Style". The video for the song has gone on to be listed at number 17 on the Film Archive's list of 100 Classic Kiwi Clips.

Fifteen years later, "Kaupapa Driven Rhymes Uplifted" was followed by "Aotearoa...Nobody Does It Better". This album sees the continuation of Dam Native's distinctly Māori style, with song titles like "Whakarongo Mai Nei" and "Lick My Patu". Add to this passing references to Te Rauparaha and Apirana Ngata, and its clear that lyricist Daniel Haimona endeavours to give a full representation of the urban Māori experience.

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