Ladi6 at the Summerset Music Festival 2007
|Birth name||Karoline Tamati|
7 November 1982 |
Christchurch, New Zealand
|Genres||Hip hop, neo soul, funk, soul, R&B, reggae|
|Labels||Question Music, BBE, Eskapaden Records|
|Associated acts||The Adults, Shapeshifter|
Ladi6 (born Karoline Tamati, 7 November 1982 in Christchurch, New Zealand,) is a recording artist of Samoan descent. She spent six months living in Berlin and touring Europe in both 2010 and 2011. Her debut album Time Is Not Much debuted at number 4 on the New Zealand Top 40 Album chart. and her second album The Liberation Of... debuted at number 6 and was certified gold. Her single Like Water was certified platinum in June 2011. 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. Ladi6 has been called "New Zealand's answer to Erykah Badu".
Early life, Sheelahroc & Verse Two
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. 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. 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. They released the singles Danger and Gold (featuring her cousin Scribe and produced by Mu of Fat Freddy's Drop). 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. Danger was re-issued as a bonus track on Time Is Not Much. Ladi6 was nominated for Best Vocalist/MC at the 2003 bNet Awards and Verse 2 won a bNet Award for Best New Act in 2003. Verse Two supported international acts such as The Roots, De La Soul and 50 Cent.
Time Is Not Much
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. The album was mostly produced by Parks and was released throughout Europe by London label BBE Records in July 2010.
The Liberation Of...
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 and was certified gold in July 2011. The single Like Water from this album peaked at number 9 on the NZ Top 40 Singles Chart, spent 22 weeks on the charts and was certified platinum in June 2011.
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.
The Liberation of... was released in Europe on German label Eskapaden Records in May 2011. 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".
Ladi6's third album, Automatic, was released in 2013. Ladi6 and Parks traveled to the U.S to work with music producer Waajeed. The album was done at Studio A recording studios in Detroit, with Grammy award winning engineer Todd Fairall. They also did some recording in New Zealand at Revolver Studios in Waiuku.
Automatic is produced by Parks and Waajeed and features Ladi6 band members Julien Dyne and B.Haru. The album has guest vocal appearances by Scribe, Parks and Tyra Hammond and Detroit MC Invincible.
Automatic debuted at number 3 on the New Zealand national charts and featured on many end-of-year (2013) 'best of' lists.
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.
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.
|2008||Time Is Not Much||
|2010||The Liberation Of...||
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that country.|
|2001||"If I Gave u th' Mic"
|2002||"If I Gave u th' Mic" (Phat Beats Down mix)
|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 (song)"||9|
|2012||"Confusion Of A Lady" (with Eva Be)||—||Non-album single|
|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 (song)||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|
|2014||Automatic||Pacific Music Awards — Trillian Trust Best Pacific Female Artist||Nominated|
|Automatic||Pacific Music Awards — Niu FM Best Pacfic Urban Artist||Nominated|
|Ikarus||Pacific Music Awards — NZ On Air Best Pacific Music Video||Nominated|
|Ikarus||Pacific Music Awards — APRA Best Pacific Song||Nominated|
|Automatic||Pacific Music Awards — Auckland Council Best Pacific Music Album||Nominated|
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