Dei Hamo

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Dei Hamo
Birth name Sanerivi Sagala
Also known as Hamo, Sani Sagala
Origin Auckland, New Zealand
Genres Hip hop
Years active 2003-present
Labels Aviator Music
Associated acts Chong Nee, PNC, Pieter T

Sanerivi "Sani" Sagala, 19/01/1975 better known by his stage name Dei Hamo, is a New Zealand hip hop artist,[1] producer and director.

Dei Hamo, which can be translated as "The Samoan",[2] has won various awards for his chart-topping music and his debut album First Edition, released in 2005.[3] He lives in Mangere, Auckland.

Background[edit]

Dei Hamo's musical career spans more than 15 years. He was part of the Proud hip hop tour and has worked with some of New Zealand's top musicians and performers, including Boh Runga, Tha Feelstyle and DJ Sammy B. He has supported a number of international acts including The Black Eyed Peas and Busta Rhymes.[4]

Dei Hamo went to Aorere College, Papatoetoe in the late 1980s where he was first exposed to the hip hop genre. While in middle school, when his dad bought him his first stereo. Hamo would spend his days and nights perfecting his craft, later claiming to have written a song a day.[4]

Having a passion for film and directing, in 2010 Dei Hamo was asked by a close friend Amy Raumati (also known as Lady Sheeq) to direct a music video for her. Dei Hamo agreed and has now been steadily directing music videos for two years.[citation needed] Dei Hamo also chose to direct the music videos under his real name, Sani Sagala, as he aims to write and direct movies in the near future.

Music[edit]

In 2004, Dei Hamo's debut single We Gon' Ride spent five continuous weeks at number one on New Zealand's music chart, and three months in the top 10. The track went platinum. It also reached the top 40 in Australia.[5] Later singles have included This Is My Life and Cry again, the latter containing lyrics from Split Enz's song I Hope I Never performed by Tim Finn.


Discography[edit]

Dei Hamo discography
Releases
Studio albums 1
Singles 5
Music videos 3
Soundtracks 1
Featured singles 1

Albums[edit]

Year Title Details Peak chart
positions
NZ[6]
2005 First Edition
  • Released: 31 March 2005
  • Label: Hiruys
  • Catalogue: 9825885
13
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
NZ[6] AUS[7]
2004 "We Gon' Ride" 1 31 First Edition
2005 "To Tha Floor" 5
"This Is My Life" 38
Cry Again (featuring Tim Finn)
2008 "Let's Fly" Non-album single
2009 "Lyka Teen" Non-album single
2010 "Hold U Down" Non-album single
2011 "Mama Say" (Candice Rhind & Dei Hamo) Non-album single
"Right Here" Non-album single
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Awards[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result Ref.
2005 Dei Hamo - First Edition New Zealand Music Awards - Breakthrough Artist of the Year Nominated [8]
Dei Hamo - "We Gon' Ride New Zealand Music Awards - Highest Selling New Zealand Single Won
Chris Graham "We Gon' Ride" (Dei Hamo) New Zealand Music Awards - Best Music VIdeo Won
2005 Dei Hamo - "We Gon' Ride" Pacific Music Awards - Best Pacific Male Artist Nominated [9]
Dei Hamo - "We Gon' Ride" Pacific Music Awards - Best Pacific Urban Artist Nominated
2006 Dei Hamo - First Edition Pacific Music Awards - Best Pacific Male Artist Won [10]
Dei Hamo - "First Edition" Pacific Music Awards - Best Pacific Urban Artist Won

Videography (as director)[edit]

Music videos directed by Sani Sagala (Dei Hamo) include:

Year Artist Song
2010 Amy Raumati "Becos of Love"
Devolo featuring. Erakah and Dei Hamo "Lost Love"
2011 Pieter T "Forever"/"Fix That"
DJ Sirvere featuring JR K One Mareko and J Williams "Major Flavors"
Tyree "I Want It All"
2012 "Ahorangi" featuring Young Sid "Pounamu"
Amy Raumati featuring Ayla "The Calling"
PROVOKAL "The Recipe Freestyle"
XY featuring Dei Hamo "Wait Until Tonight"
Big Ka$h "Cloze Off"
Deach featuring Pieter T "Be With You"
2013 Queen Shirl'e featuring D Love "I Got You"
Jae'O "Find You"
Stunna Ain't No Thang
MC AJ featuring Cookie "Make You Mine"
Drew featuring Tyree "Tonight"
Deach "Be With You" Remix
Pieter T starring Frankie Adams "Right Here"
Villains "Volatile"
Villains "Volatile" Yuck Mix
Deach featuring Pieter T "Tell No Lie"
Smashproof "Forever"
Pieter T "Rumours"
Abbie Over You
Smashproof L.A.B
2014 Tyree featuring Jae'O "I'm Ready"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Winning night for Dei Hamo STUFF — MANUKAU COURIER — AUCKLAND — 16 MAY 2006 (subscription required)
  2. ^ Barry, Rebecca (5 March 2005). "Cruising with Dei Hamo". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 27 September 2011. 
  3. ^ http://www.eventpolynesia.com/events/tonga/NZ3_page_pacificmusicawards06.htm
  4. ^ a b "Bio:Dei Hamo". Music.Net.NZ. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  5. ^ http://www.nzonscreen.com/title/dei-hamo/artist
  6. ^ a b "DEI HAMO IN NEW ZEALAND CHARTS". Charts.org.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved 24 October 2014. 
  7. ^ "DEI HAMO IN AUSTRALIAN CHARTS". Australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 24 October 2014. 
  8. ^ "2005 Winners". NZ Music Awards. Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 24 October 2014. 
  9. ^ "2005 Pacific Music Awards". Pacific Music Awards. Pacific Music Awards. Retrieved 24 October 2014. 
  10. ^ "2006 Pacific Music Awards". Pacific Music Awards. Pacific Music Awards. Retrieved 24 October 2014. 

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