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”.
Ladi6 is a spokesperson for the Not Our Future anti-smoking campaign
Third3ye represents a collective of like-minded artists, coming together to produce a spiritually-conscious form of Hip Hop all the way from sunny Aotearoa. The Third3ye whānau is made-up by Auckland MCs MelowDownz and Angelo King.
As a collective the crew is comfortable experimenting with new sounds and theories, and pushing messages of philosophy, enlightenment, and higher consciousness – whether it be from a picturesque backdrop in Queenstown, or the backstreets of Avondale. Hip Hop is deeply rooted here in Aotearoa, and has been a way of life for the crew since day one. Third3ye aims to take it down a new spiritual bush track..
Raiza Biza and Bianca Paulus
Raiza Biza is a young rapper based in Hamilton/Auckland. His lyrics are often reflective and introspective and accompanied by soulful jazz-influenced instrumentals. The Raiza Biza story is one of a young immigrant trying to adjust and find his place in a new land.
His latest release, the Dream Something LP, was well received and showed his range in subject matter. It also served as a showcase of some of the talented producers that NZ has.
Emerging from an era in which Fat Freddy’s Drop and Red Hot Chili Peppers are considered heritage artists and humans are no longer boxed by sexuality, one might describe Strangely Arousing as “Trans-Genre!” And comfortably so.
July 28th, 2017 sees the release of Strangely Arousing, an 11 song exploration into the minds, hearts and souls of 5 musical gipsies from Rotorua, New Zealand.
Alae. It’s a word that means nothing to you at the moment, and that’s a good thing. But that will change.
They’re a fresh, Kiwi duo with a unique sound that needs to be experienced to be understood. Alae are what you get when you mix Alex Farrell-Davey and Allister Meffan; two old high school mates who are talented musicians in their own right, but when they come together, it’s something else entirely.
Alae aren’t the status quo, they’re not sugar-coated or created in a lab – they got together because, for them, jamming together just feels right. And you’ll feel that in everything you hear.