Welcome to the second installment of #WomanCrushWednesday here on #OTDHipHop blog. As I mentioned in last week’s article, I started this segment to help share the stories of all the inspiring women in my life. This week, I had a great time chatting with my friend Lanimie “LaLa” Datulayta. She is a 22-year old Barbizon graduate and aspiring music manager from Hawaii, who recently moved to Georgia. We discussed her upbringing as a local girl of Filipino descent, her longtime involvement in music and writing, and life as an ambitious single mother.
LaLa has been singing, writing songs, and dancing since she was a little girl. While her passion is in music itself, she is now focused on her career in Artist Management. Throughout the course of 2016, LaLa developed her professional network in Hawaii by attending shows and meeting various people in the local music scene, but she particularly grew towards hip hop artists and rappers. To date, she has managed Hawaii-based artists Nino Black and Czah V; and along with her friend and fellow Artist Manager Kayla Ferrell, supervised Astro Guillotine.
Jehzan: Hawaii’s music market are primarily reggae listeners, with the younger audiences geared more towards EDM. Why did you choose to link up more with hip hop artists & rappers versus other genres?
LaLa: That is a big question for me because it is why I chose to move to Georgia. Growing up in Hawaii and navigating through the local music scene, I have found nothing but a melting pot of talent. Hawaii is already known for its reggae and hawaiian music, but there is more to Hawaii’s narrative than just love songs and ukuleles. Personally, I felt compelled towards the music and stories of the hip hop artists and rappers I’ve met because they speak on other sides of living in Hawaii. There is huge talent in the local scene as well as the artists who come from the mainland for military or other purposes. I feel like now more than ever, Hawaii is closest to becoming known for its hip hop and rap music on a grander scale. We just need that “break out” artist, and I’m rooting for every local hip hop artist in the scene right now.
Jehzan: Do you have anything you'd like to share regarding your family and/or other strong people in your life?
LaLa: I want to include the fact that I wouldn't have been able to successfully have pursued my dreams in the music business without the BIGGEST help & support from my sons Grandma Trixy Tambaoan. Through my endeavors, she has taken on the roll of becoming my sons guardian as I continue to pursue this career path of mine.
Jehzan: You mention a lot of females in your life that helped shape you. Did you grow up around a lot of women?
LaLa: My sisters played a big role as well when it came to my upbringing. They helped form the responsible & strong headed female I am today. They showed me how to be a woman & the definition of strong female figures in my life.
Shouts out to this week’s #WomanCrushWednesday, “LaLa!”
Personally, I really relate to LaLa’s story especially how she is choosing to pursue her dreams despite what anyone thinks of her as being a “young single mom.” I’m sure that as LaLa gets more settled into her new home in Georgia, she will definitely be making strides for more ambitious young artists and professionals like herself to take their careers to the next level. I was raised by my single mother who has also faced similar backlash, but there is something about a woman’s ambition and relentlessness to achieve what she wants that attracts me and inspires me every day.
If you’re an artist interested in management or consultation,
please contact LaLa via email email@example.com
and/or follow her Instagram @LaLanimie.
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