Ms. Dynamite in 2010
|Birth name||Niomi Arleen Daley|
|Born||26 April 1981|
Archway, London, England
Niomi Arleen McLean-Daley MBE (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.
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As stated on the programme Ms. Dynamite: In Search of Nanny Maroon, in addition to her Jamaican-Scottish parentage, she is also of Bajan, English, Irish, German and Grenadian descent. She grew up listening to reggae and hip-hop music. Although she had 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 Akala, and attended Acland Burghley School in London.
2001–2004: A Little Deeper
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.
2005–2006: Judgement Days
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On 11 September 2005, she returned to the limelight (having taken time off to have her son, Shavaar) with a 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.
2007–present: Hiatus and career wind-down
After taking a break from the music scene, Dynamite guest-hosted BBC Radio 1Xtra, and stated she would be releasing a third album, Democracy, in 2009, with the first single from the new album being "Bad Gyal". However, this was later pushed back as she concentrated on other projects and motherhood. Meanwhile, she appeared on Hell's Kitchen on ITV1 in 2009, finishing fourth, and later as an expert adviser on Goldie's Band: By Royal Appointment on BBC Two.
Since then 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.
- Studio albums
- A Little Darker (with Akala) (2006)
- "Dy-Na-Mi-Tee" (FIFA 2003 soundtrack)
- "Dynamite" (Ali G Indahouse soundtrack)
- "Crazy Krush" (Misfits Channel 4 soundtrack)
Awards and nominations
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|2002||MTV Europe Music Awards 2002||Best UK & Ireland Act||"Ms.Dynamite"||Nominated|
|Mercury Music Prize||Album of the year||"A Little Deeper"||Won|
|MOBO Awards||Best single||"It Takes More"||Won|
|UK Act of the Year||Ms.Dynamite||Won|
|2003||100 Great Black Britons||100 Great Black Britons (rank 14)||"Ms.Dynamite"||Nominated|
|BRIT Awards||Best British urban act||Ms.Dynamite||Won|
|Best British Female Solo Artist||"Ms.Dynamite"||Won|
|Best British Breakthrough Act||"Ms.Dynamite"||Nominated|
|Best British Album||"A Little Deeper"||Nominated|
|MOBO Awards||Best Single||"Dy-Na-Mi-Tee"||Nominated|
|UK Act of the year||"Ms.Dynamite"||Nominated|
|Race in Media Awards||Media Personality||"Ms.Dynamite"||Nominated|
|2006||BRIT Awards||Best British Urban Act||"Ms.Dynamite"||Nominated|
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- "Mercury Prize official site". Nationwidemercurys.com. Archived from the original on 14 March 2007. Retrieved 7 September 2007.
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London, UK: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 370. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- "Allen: 'Ms. Dynamite return is massive'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
- "Categories". ITV Player. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
- "BBC Two - Goldie's Band: By Royal Appointment, Episode 1". BBC. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
- Ms Dynamite interview: "I don't want to be put in a box" – Music Interview. Digital Spy (3 August 2011). Retrieved on 16 April 2012.
- "Ms Dynamite awarded MBE for services to music". The Irish News. June 8, 2018. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
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- "100 Great Black Britons - Ms Dynamite". 100greatblackbritons.com. Retrieved 30 August 2017.