Ladi6

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Ladi6
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Ladi6 at the Summerset Music Festival 2007
Background information
Birth name Karoline Tamati
Born (1982-11-07) 7 November 1982 (age 31)
Christchurch, New Zealand
Genres Hip hop, neo soul, funk, soul, R&B, reggae
Occupations Singer-songwriter, Rapper
Years active 1999[1]–present
Labels Question Music,[2] BBE,[3] Eskapaden Records[4][5]
Associated acts The Adults, Shapeshifter
Website www.ladi6.com

Ladi6 (born Karoline Tamati,[6] 7 November 1982[3][7] in Christchurch, New Zealand,[8]) is a recording artist of Samoan descent.[9] She spent six months living in Berlin and touring Europe in both 2010[9] and 2011.[6] Her debut album Time Is Not Much debuted at number 4 on the New Zealand Top 40 Album chart.[10] and her sophomore album The Liberation Of... debuted at number 6[11] and was certified gold.[8][12] Her single Like Water was certified platinum in June 2011.[13] She has won many awards, including Best Female Solo Artist and Best Urban Hip Hop Album at the 2011 New Zealand Music Awards and Best Urban/Hip Hop Album at the 2009 New Zealand Music Awards. The current line-up of the wider Ladi6 group is Ladi6, her partner Parks (a.k.a. Brent Park) and Julien Dyne.[6] Ladi6 has been called "New Zealand's answer to Erykah Badu".[6]

Ladi6 is a spokesperson for the Not Our Future anti-smoking campaign.[14]

Early life, Sheelahroc & Verse Two[edit]

Ladi6 was born and raised in Christchurch, but her family moved to Africa for a year and a half when she was a teenager. This is where she says she first started to write and play music.[15] After she returned to Christchurch in the mid 90's, she started her entertainment career as a break dancer. When she was 16 she formed her first music group, Sheelahroc, with her cousin Tyra Hammond and Sarah Tamaira (a.k.a. Voodoo Child) in May 1999.[1][16] Sheelahroc released the hit single If I Gave U Th' Mic and won the award for Most Promising New Act at the 2001 bNet Music Awards.

After Sheelahroc broke up, Ladi6 went on to form Verse Two with Parks, Julien Dyne, Mark Vanilau and Matipi Turua, as well as a variety of guest musicians.[16] They released the singles Danger and Gold (featuring her cousin Scribe and produced by Mu of Fat Freddy's Drop).[17][18] Gold went to Number 1 on the NZ Alternative charts in its first week of play on the bNet stations and was the 5th most played song on the bNet stations in 2003.[18] Danger was re-issued as a bonus track on Time Is Not Much.[2] Ladi6 was nominated for Best Vocalist/MC at the 2003 bNet Awards[19] and Verse 2 won a bNet Award for Best New Act in 2003.[16] Verse Two supported international acts such as The Roots, De La Soul and 50 Cent.[20]

Time Is Not Much[edit]

Ladi6's debut album Time Is Not Much was released independently in New Zealand in November 2008 and debuted at number 4 on the New Zealand Top 40 Album chart, staying in the top 40 albums for 10 weeks.[10] The album was mostly produced by Parks and was released throughout Europe by London label BBE Records in July 2010.[3][9]

The Liberation Of...[edit]

Ladi6's second album, The Liberation Of... was released in New Zealand independently in November 2010, where it debuted at number six on the NZ Top 40 Album Chart. It spent 34 weeks in the top 40[11] and was certified gold in July 2011.[8][12] The single Like Water from this album peaked at number 9 on the NZ Top 40 Singles Chart, spent 22 weeks on the charts[19] and was certified platinum in June 2011.[13]

It was co-produced by Parks and Sebastian Weiss (a.k.a. DJ Sepalot) of the German hip hop group Blumentopf and features Myele Manzanza of Electric Wire Hustle, Toby Laing of Fat Freddy's Drop and German singer Esther Adams.[6][9][21]

The Liberation of... was released in Europe on German label Eskapaden Records in May 2011.[4][5] In London, Metro Magazine said Ladi6 was "One to Watch". "She knows how to make an impression - including a recent wow-inducing support slot for Gil Scott-Heron at London's Southbank Centre".[6]

Automatic[edit]

Ladi6's third album, Automatic, was released in 2013 and was produced by Parks and Waajeed.

Collaborations[edit]

Ladi6 has collaborated with many New Zealand musicians and bands, including Fat Freddy's Drop, Scribe, Shapeshifter, Jon Toogood, Solaa, 4Corners, The Opensouls, 50 Hz and Riki Gooch (a.k.a. Eru Dangerspiel) of TrinityRoots and Fly My Pretties.

Personal life[edit]

As well as producing most of Ladi6's music, her partner Parks also provides backing vocals for many of her tracks. In 2004, Ladi6 and Parks had their first son, Philly. He is their only child.[21]

She is the cousin of other prominent Samoan New Zealand musicians Scribe and Tyra Hammond of The Opensouls.[16]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Title Details Peak chart
positions
NZ[22]
2008 Time Is Not Much
  • Released: 27 October 2008
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • Label: Question Music
4
2010 The Liberation Of...
  • Released: 1 October 2010
  • Formats: LP, CD, digital download
  • Label: Question Music
6
2013 Automatic
  • Released: 16 August 2013
  • Formats: CD, digital download
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that country.

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
positions
Album
NZ[22]
2001 "If I Gave u th' Mic"
(with Sheelahroc)
Non-album single
2002 "If I Gave u th' Mic" (Phat Beats Down mix)
(with Sheelahroc)
2003 "Gold" (with Verse Two)
"Danger" (with Verse Two)
2008 "Go Get It" (with Sepalot)
"Walk Right Up" Time Is Not Much
2010 "Walk Right Up (Parks Remix)"
"Sweet Love" (with Opensouls) Non-album single
"Bang Bang" The Liberation Of...
2011 "Like Water (Parks Remix)" 9
2012 "Confusion Of A Lady" (with Eva Be) Non-album single

Awards[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Result
2003 Verse Two bNet Music Awards — Most Promising New Act Won
2009 Time Is Not Much Pacific Music Awards — Best Pacific Female Artist Won
Time Is Not Much Pacific Music Awards — Best Pacific Urban Artist Nominated
"Walk Right Up" Pacific Music Awards — APRA Best Pacific Song Nominated
Time Is Not Much Pacific Music Awards/New Zealand Music Awards — Best Pacific Music Album Nominated
Ladi6 New Zealand Music Awards — Best Female Solo Artist Nominated
Time Is Not Much New Zealand Music Awards — Best Urban / Hip Hop Album Won
2011 The Liberation Of... Pacific Music Awards/New Zealand Music Awards — Best Pacific Music Album Nominated
The Liberation Of... Pacific Music Awards — Best Pacific Female Artist Won
The Liberation Of... Pacific Music Awards — Best Pacific Urban Artist Won
The Liberation Of... New Zealand Music Awards — Album of the Year Nominated
"Like Water" New Zealand Music Awards — Single of the Year Nominated
The Liberation Of... New Zealand Music Awards — Best Female Solo Artist Won
The Liberation Of... New Zealand Music Awards — Best Urban / Hip Hop Album Won
The Liberation Of... Taite Music Prize Won

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Sheelahroc". New Zealand: Amplifier. 
  2. ^ a b "Ladi 6 – Time Is Not Much (CD, Album)". Discogs. 
  3. ^ a b c "Ladi6 - Time Is Not Much". London, UK: BBE. 19 July 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "The Liberation of...: Ladi6". amazon.de (in German). Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Ladi 6 - The Liberation Of... (Vinyl, LP, Album)". Discogs. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f Anderson, Vicki (28 October 2011). "Triumphant homecoming for Ladi6". The Press (Christchurch, New Zealand). 
  7. ^ Thomson, Rebecca (3 November 2010). "Ladi6 loves her birthday". The Wellingtonian (Wellington, New Zealand). 
  8. ^ a b c Fenton, Jamie (28 October 2010). "Ladi6 coming back for summer". Taranaki Daily News (New Plymouth, New Zealand). 
  9. ^ a b c d Jenkin, Lydia (October–November 2010). "Ladi6 - Liberation and the Berlin Effect". NZ Musician 15 (9). Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  10. ^ a b "Time Is Not Much - Ladi6 - Top 40 Albums". Muzic.net.nz. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  11. ^ a b "The Liberation Of - Ladi6 - Top 40 Albums". Muzic.net.nz. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  12. ^ a b "Latest Gold / Platinum Albums". Radioscope. 24 July 2011. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 16 November 2011. 
  13. ^ a b "Latest Gold / Platinum singles". Radioscope. 24 July 2011. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 16 November 2011. 
  14. ^ "Ladi 6". Smoking: Not Our Future. Health Sponsorship Council. Retrieved 16 November 2011. 
  15. ^ "Q&A: Ladi6". CMU. UnLimited. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  16. ^ a b c d Jenkin, Lydia (October–November 2008). "Ladi6 - Our Leading Ladi". NZ Musician 14 (6). Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  17. ^ "Verse Two". Amplifier.co.nz. Retrieved 16 November 2011. 
  18. ^ a b "Gold". Amplifier.co.nz. Retrieved 16 November 2011. 
  19. ^ a b "Like Water - Ladi6 - Top 40 Singles". Muzic.net.nz. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  20. ^ "Ladi 6". NZ Artist Directory. NZ Music Commission. Retrieved 16 November 2011. 
  21. ^ a b "Talking to Ladi6". The Press (Christchurch, New Zealand). 15 November 2010. 
  22. ^ a b "Ladi6". Charts.org.nz. Retrieved 11 November 2012.