A sultry voice with razor sharp wit and a stage show to match, Ladi6 is New Zealand’s leading hip-hop soul artist and in her own right, an emerging international star.
Highly decorated at home and abroad, Ladi6’s career, beginning with seminal all-girl crew Sheelahroc, is embossed with industry awards, considered critical acclaim, countless support slots alongside a who’s who of respected local and international music icons and tellingly, gold certified New Zealand sales of her 2008 debut long player Time IS Not Much (now available internationally via BBE Records). And having completed over sixty tour dates across Europe and the UK during the second and third quarters of 2010, with a view to return in 2011, she can now count amongst her friends and contemporaries Mayer Hawthorne, Masta Ace and Gil Scott-Heron.
Having developed her lyrically introspective smoky soul soundworld over years of consistent touring and considered features alongside an Antipodean elite including the likes of 50HZ, Shapeshifter, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Scribe amongst others, while Time Is Not Much represented a lucid summary of her career to date, her new album The Liberation Of… is a game changer. Recorded over two months in Berlin with production duties shared between her producer Parks and German beat auteur Sepalot, The Liberation Of… represents a logical continuation of the Ladi6 sound – deeper, denser and immaculately considered in sound and message.
As a statement of intent, The Liberation Of… clearly grounds Ladi6 and her collaborators as willing to dive headfirst without fear into the sea of creativity. At the same time, it issues a clear assurance that regardless of where the rollercoaster takes her, Ladi6 physically isn’t capable of forgetting where she comes from, who she represents and the concept which her music represents to many listeners – unity.
- via Ladi6.com
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