Ms. Dynamite

Niomi Arleen McLean-Daley (born 26 April 1981), better known as Ms. Dynamite, is an English rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer. She is the recipient of the Mercury Music Prize, two Brit Awards and three MOBO Awards. She was born and raised in Archway, a district in north London, to a Jamaican father and a Scottish mother. As stated on the programme Ms. Dynamite: In Search of Nanny Maroon, in addition to her Jamaican-Scottish parentage, she shares Bajan, English, Irish, German and Grenadian ancestries. She grew up listening to reggae and hip-hop music. Though she wanted to become a schoolteacher or social worker, her biggest aspiration was to be a musician. She is the eldest of eleven siblings, one of whom is a socially aware artist and journalist known as Akala, and attended Acland Burghley School in London.

Ms. Dynamite (originally Lady Dynamite) was first known for her vocals on the UK garage underground track “Booo!”, which was regularly played on London pirate radio stations and was later released as a single. While working at the radio station Raw FM, Ms. Dynamite was discovered by Richard Forbes (“DJ Sticky”) at a West End club. Interest grew from all major British labels and eventually she was signed via her management Bigga Beats to Polydor Records, where she met producer Salaam Remi, who cultivated her talent. She released her debut album, A Little Deeper, in 2002, which featured hit songs “It Takes More” and “Dy-na-mi-tee”. In 2003, the album was released in the United States to critical acclaim. In 2002, Dynamite won the prestigious Mercury Music Prize, for A Little Deeper.

She donated the £20,000 prize to the NSPCC. She performed at the closing ceremony of the 2002 Commonwealth Games at the City of Manchester Stadium. On 2 July 2005, she performed at the Live 8 concert in Hyde Park, London. Among the songs performed was “Redemption Song” – a Bob Marley-penned song.

In 2005 her new album titled Judgement Days. Featuring more social commentary, in songs such as the first double A-side single, “Judgement Day” / “Father” and the Tony Blair critique, “Mr Prime Minister,” reviews of the album were not as favourable as those of her debut. However, “Judgement Day” reached No. 25 in the UK Singles Chart.

She has appeared on several collaborations, notably Katy B’s second single, “Lights On”, which peaked at number 4 in the UK singles chart in 2010, and the Magnetic Man track “Fire”, which appeared on their debut album. A single, “Neva Soft” (produced by Labrinth), was released in 2011, although the promised album did not appear. Since then she has been the featured vocalist on the DJ Fresh Versus Jay Fray track “Dibby Dibby Sound” (February 2013) and a David Guetta and Showtek song for the former’s 2014 album Listen “No Money No Love” along with Elliphant.

Ms. Dynamite & Elliphant – No Money no Love
Album: David Guetta – Listen (Explicit)
Video: Directed by
Release Date: 24 November 2014
Label: Parlophone France
Genre: Dance & Electronic
Buy MP3: (£0.99) Ms. Dynamite & Elliphant – No Money no Love
Buy Album: (£6.99) David Guetta – Listen (Explicit)


Artist: Ms. Dynamite
Title: Father (Clean)
Album: Judgement Days
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Artist: Ms. Dynamite
Title: Dy-Na-Mi-Tee
Album: A Little Deeper
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Artist: Ms. Dynamite
Title: Bad Girls (Katie Pearl)
Album: A Little Darker
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Artist: DJ Zinc
Title: Wile Out
Album: Back To Bass – Ministry of Sound
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Artist: Sticky
Title: Booo! (Explicit)
Album: Kisstory 2015
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Artist: DJ Fresh
Title: Dibby Dibby Sound
Album: Eat, Sleep, Rave,  Repeat – Ministry of Sound
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Artist: Major Lazer
Title: Sweat (Ms Dynamite)
Album: Free The Universe
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Artist: Ms. Dynamite
Title: Cloud 9 (Shy FX)
Album: Diary of a Digital Soundboy (Explicit)
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Artist: Ms. Dynamite
Title: Neva Soft
Title: Fire (Magnetic Man)
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 Artist: Ms. Dynamite
 Title: Lights On (Katy B)
 Album: On A Mission
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Studio albums
Judgement Days (2005), A Little Deeper (2002).

A Little Darker (with Akala) (2006).

“Dy-Na-Mi-Tee” (FIFA 2003 soundtrack), “Dynamite” (Ali G Indahouse soundtrack), “Crazy Krush” (Misfits Channel 4 soundtrack).

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