Ladi6 fol­lows own beat

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By ALAS­TAIR LYNN

MUL­TI­PLE New Zealand Mu­sic awards, sev­eral hit sin­gles and crit­i­cal ac­claim are just a few things Karo­line Ta­mati is known for, but art is not nec­es­sar­ily one of them.

Also known as Ladi6, the Kiwi queen of hip-hop can now add ‘‘artist’’ to her string of ac­co­lades with a wall mu­ral as part of Auck­land’s POP tem­po­rary art project.

Lyrics from her song Learn to Fly now grace a wall on Pon­sonby Rd.

Although Ta­mati in­sists she is no artist, she ad­mits it is not the first time she has made her stamp on a city.

‘‘I tried to get into tag­ging when I was lit­tle in Christchurch,’’ she laughs.

‘‘It’s an aw­ful tag on this old post box. It’s still there, I see it ev­ery time I go home.’’

Living in Point Che­va­lier, Ta­mati says she is ex­cited to see art cul­ture thriv­ing in Auck­land.

‘‘It’s re­ally awe­some and it’s pretty sur­real that my lyrics are on the street,’’ she says.

‘‘It’s great see­ing the city coun­cil try­ing to in­te­grate art into the com­mu­nity.

‘‘I’m re­ally ex­cited about it, I just think there should be more and more of it.’’

The POP tem­po­rary art project, sup­ported by the Waitem­ata Lo­cal Board, was ini­tially launched last year and driven by the idea of pre­sent­ing the city in a new way, us­ing cre­ativ­ity and in­no­va­tion to en­gage peo­ple.

Ta­mati, along with other mu­si­cians like Lorde and Tiki Taane were re­cruited to add their lyrics to the streets.

The hard­est part was de­cid­ing which lyrics to use, Ta­mati says.

‘‘I had two op­tions, one that was quite pos­i­tive and hope­ful and one that ques­tioned hu­man­ity and love.

‘‘I put it to the band and we went with the first op­tion.’’

Af­ter a year trav­el­ling around Brazil, Amer­ica and Europe, Ladi6 is back and ready to record a fourth stu­dio al­bum.

Fol­low­ing the suc­cess

of the 2013 al­bum Au­to­matic, Ta­mati is keen to take a dif­fer­ent ap­proach to record­ing her unique sound.

‘‘We want to do some­thing dif­fer­ent to the orig­i­nal hiphop method of drum loops – it’s all about cap­tur­ing our live sound. This time we’re mak­ing it all to­gether all play­ing our own in­stru­ments.

‘‘That’s never been done be­fore with us and I’m ex­cited to get started.’’

The band in­cludes Ta­mati’s part­ner Brent Park, and Julien Dyne. With Au­gust the tar­get month to begin record­ing, it’s all about plan­ning now.

Photo: PETER MEECHAM

New Zealand mu­si­cian Ladi6 has taken her artist tal­ents to Pon­sonby Rd.

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