20 Essential NZ Releases
LADI6 'Time Is Not Much'
LADI6 ‘Time Is Not Much’
Released on Question Music in 2008, distributed by Rhythmethod.
The following text is taken from a 2008 interview with Ladi about the album: http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/music/729076/Ladi6-heads-out-on-her-own
Time Is Not Much is the debut album of Christchurch-born singer/songwriter/rapper Ladi6 (born Karoline Tamati), released in November 2008. It won Best Urban/Hip Hop Album and Ladi6 was nominated for Best Female Solo Artist at the 2009 New Zealand Music Awards.In the same year Ladi6 won Best Pacific Female Artist at the 2009 Pacific Music Awards
Time Is Not Much was named after Ladi’s 10-year-old cousin Shaquille who died suddenly just a few weeks before the album was completed. The name came from a poem the 10 year old had written – “thanks to her the album has more meaning – it’s not just music for music’s sake. She wanted to be a singer, she wanted to go to London and do all these things I’ve just recently done – and I feel I’ve taken her spirit with me. I’m glad something good comes from her death … she gets to be the star of the show.”
Ladi didn’t start singing until she spent over a year in Tanzania with her family as a teenager, where her father taught her guitar. At 18 she joined all girl hiphop crew Sheelaroc with her older sisters and cousin Tyra Hammond. In 2002 Footnote Records released the Sheelahroc single If I Gave You Th’ Mic, produced by Nava Thomas, in what Tamati describes as “the first significant recording we’d ever done”.
Time Is Not Much was released independently in New Zealand and debuted at number 4 on the New Zealand Top 40 Album chart, staying in the top 40 albums for 10 weeks.The album was mostly produced by Ladi6’s partner Parks (aka Brent Park). It was released throughout Europe by London label Records in July 2010.