New Zealand singer, songwriter and rapper Ladi6 arrives for the first time to the Czech Republic as part of her „Shine On“ European tour . She will perform on Tuesday, 10th September in Prague’s Lucerna Music bar. We have a unique opportunity to get a good dose of the sunny soul beats spiced by futuristic hiphop, which is dominated by the hypnotic vocals of Ladi6. Her real name Karoline Tamati, comes from Christchurch in New Zealand, where she was born and grew up. She spent part of her childhood in Africa, where her family moved when she was a teenager. And it was, as she puts it, where she began to write and play music for the first time.
Ladi6 is an important part of the New Zealand hip hop scene almost from the beginning. At the age of sixteen she was breakdancing and soon she founded the first all-girl’s hiphop crew Sheelahroc together with her cousin Tyra Hammond and Sarah Tamair (a.k.a. Voodoo Child). Then, when they recorded and issued the record „If I Gave U Th ‚ Mic ‚, it became a hit all over the island. In 2001, they even received the award „The most promising newcomer of the year“ within the frame of the bNet Music Awards.
When you are listening to her music, you will not be surprised that she has received many awards for her work, she is really not only an extraordinary singer and rapper but also a great songwriter. Her voice is very close to musical icons such as Mary j. Blige, Erykah Badu, or Nneka. In addition to that, she does not have just a common taste in music with Nneka, but also her approach to life. Attitudes that she presents in the texts are not only works of art through the messages, but she is trying to promote and practice it outside the artistic career as well, for example, as spokesperson for the anti-smoking campaign, „Not Our Future“. Ladi6 has a son with his music and life partner Parks (a.k.a. Brent Park), who will arrive to Prague with her. They live together alternately in New Zealand and in Europe.
Career of Ladi6 is lined up with a number of music awards, positive critical feedbacks and many international performances alongside respected world music icons. Due to her intensive work on the stage and collaborations with many musicians she is well flagged as one of the most important new Zealand singers and MCs. She has performed at all the major music festivals in New Zealand such as Big Day Out, Rhythm and Vines, Splore, Parihaka, and many others. From the European festivals we mark The Big Chill and Glastonbury. She was the opening for Gil Scott Heron (on his European tour in the UK), Erykah Badu, Mos Def, Mayer Hawthorne and German hip hop star Blumentopft. Her lyric-introspective almost smoky soul sound has evolved over the years on tours and, together with Parks, she has joined the elite of antipodes alongside 50 Hz, Shapeshifter, Fat Freddy’s Drop and Scribe. See u at the show. Cheers.
LADI6 (NZ) „SHINE On“ tour 2013
Support: NVGTRS DJS feat Erika Fečová & MC Onetwo
10. září 2013, Lucerna Music Bar ,od 20:00 hod
Vodičkova 36, 110 00 Praha 1