Karoline Tamati (stage-name: “Ladi” born November 7, 1982 in Christchurch, New Zealand) is a multi-award winning Singer-Songwriter/Rapper. She is the cousin of Samoan New Zealand musicians Tyra Hammond and Scribe. Tamati is a spokesperson for the “Not Our Future” anti-smoking campaign, and has a son with band member/partner, Parks (a.k.a Brent Park).
Ladi6 band members include her partner Parks and Julien Dyne. As well as producing most of Tamati’s music, her partner Parks also provides backing vocals for many of her tracks.
Tamati formed an all-girl music crew, Sheelahroc, with her cousin Tyra Hammond and Sarah Tamaira in 1999. The group released the hit single “If I Gave U The Mic” and won the award for Most Promising New Act at the 2001 bNet Music Awards.
After Sheelahroc disbanded by the mid 2000’s, Tamati went on to form the group, Verse Two, with Parks, Julien Dyne, Mark Vanilau and Matipi Turua. They collaborated with a variety of guest musicians that included Shapeshifter, Scribe, Fat Freddy’s Drop, and 50Hz. Their single “Gold” went to #1 on the NZ Alternative charts in its first week of play on the bNet stations and was the 5th most played song in 2003. The single featured cousin and New Zealand Hip Hop artist, Scribe, and was produced by Mu from the popular New Zealand group, Fat Freddy’s Drop.
She was nominated for Best Vocalist/MC at the 2003 bNet Awards and their group, Verse Two, won a bNet Award for Best New Act in 2004. Verse Two was the supporting act for international gigs such as The Roots, De La Soul and 50 Cent.
Her debut album “This Is Not Much” was released independently in New Zealand in November 2008 and went to #4 on the New Zealand Top 40 Albums chart on its debut release, spending 10 weeks in the Top 40 Albums chart. The album was released in Australia as well.
Tamati’s second album “The Liberation Of…” was released independently in New Zealand in November 2010 and went to #6 on the New Zealand Top 40 Albums chart, spending 36 weeks in the Top 40 and was certified gold in July 2011. The single “Like Water” went platinum in June 2011, peaking at #9 on the New Zealand Top 40 Singles chart, spending 22 weeks on the chart. The album was recorded in over two months in Berlin and co-produced between Parks and German beat auteur D.J Sepalot. The album has also been released in Europe on German label, Eskapaden Records, in May 2011.
Tamati’s touring and collaborations have established her as one of New Zealand’s most prominent female vocalists and Emcee (MC) with a significant following throughout New Zealand, Australia and Europe. She has performed at all the major festivals in New Zealand including the Big Day Out, Rhythm and Vines, Splore and Parihaka to name a few. Tamati and Parks have supported top artists such as Gil Scott Heron on his European and UK tour, Mos Def, Mayer Hawthorne and German hip hop stars Blumentopft.
Highlights and Awards:
- Won Most Promising New Act at the 2001 bNet Music Awards (with Sheelahroc)
- Nominated for Best Vocalist/MC at the 2003 bNet Music Awards (with Verse Two)
- Won Best New Act at the 2004 bNet Music Awards (with Verse Two)
- Won Best Pacific Female Artist at the 2009 Pacific Music Awards
- Won Best Urban/Hip Hop Album at the 2009 New Zealand Music Awards
- Won 2011 Taite Music Prize for the album “The Liberation Of…” with the cash prize at the amount of $10,000
- Won Best Urban Album and Best Female Artist at the 2011 Pacific Music Awards
- Nominated for six awards and won Best Female Solo Artist and Best Urban Hip Hop Album at the 2011 New Zealand Music Awards
Source – Ladi6.com, NZMusic, Stuff.co.nz