NEW Zealand hip-hop and soul legend Ladi6 is finally ready to celebrate.
After a tough couple of years, which has included family heartache and her own health issues, Ladi is back on the road and will perform in Invercargill on June 9 during of her Outta Time Tour.
The Invercargill show is during part one of her national tour, and will feature a full performance of her latest album Royal Blue 3000, which won best soul and RnB record at last year’s Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards, accompanied by her producer Parks and DJ Dylan C.
“I feel like I’m ready for this, I’m so excited and it’s all just a big celebration to me.”
She said it would be a joy to finally be able to bring the music out to the masses and get back to all of the places she loved and had missed.
“Cancelling the tour last year, made me really grateful for all the past shows I’ve done around New Zealand particularly in the regions.
“I just was desperate to get back there the minute my voice felt better.”
Ladi was forced to cancel her scheduled Australasian dates last year due to two vocal chord surgeries.
“What ended up happening was I just lost my voice and it never came back for four days,” she said.
“I was really run down, I was grieving and under extreme internal stress… I think it was the physical symptom of my body going ‘I’ve had enough’. I’m going to shut you up and slow your ass down.”
However, in hindsight she’s positive about the experience.
“I see it as a blessing now because it gave me all that down time to really think about what I’m doing with my life and where I need to make changes to sort of have that energy and be more present.”
But even when she wasn’t singing, Ladi’s songs were still making waves.
“Within that time Royal Blue 3000won a New Zealand Music Award and was critically acclaimed all over the world.”
Ladi said Royal Blue 3000 was made in the height of a really crazy time in her life.
Her cousin Lily died only three weeks after being diagnosed with a rare cancer in June 2016.
“Which was shocking, she was only 30 and I was very close with her.”
During that period, Ladi’s mother also suffered a heart attack at Auckland Airport which required her to be defibrillated 11 times.
This led to Ladi packing up both her mother’s house and her own, so they could find a new home to live in together.
“We’d just moved and then Lily got sick.
“The whole record really is about that. Every piece is about part of it.
“Even songs like Outta Time which are more upbeat are me trying to escape that for a minute and distract and do something else.”
She said being able to put her creativity into making the album served as part of the healing process.
The album was hugely personal, “but all my records are”.
“It’s the kind of artist I am and the kind of person I am. It’s always hugely personal with a bit of swag.”
Ladi said she looked at this tour as a complete celebration.
“I just cannot wait to start doing the shows.”
She said she wanted the Invercargill gig to be a real party.
“We’ll also be doing some of our absolute favs and hopefully everybody else’s favs too.
“I’m not interested in doing the sad songs and bringing up the tears and sitting… It’s stand, it’s dance – for me that’s definitely the vibe of the tour.
“My intention is to get everyone feeling love and dancing… and having a good time.”
Ladi6, Tillermans, Invercargill, Saturday, June 9. Doors open 8pm. Tickets and more information available from www.ladi6.live/shows.