Ms Scandalous

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Ms Scandalous
Birth nameSavita Vaid
Born1985 (age 34–35)
Southall, London, England
OriginLondon, England
Years active2002–present
LabelsDesi Jam, Major Moves
Associated actsPanjabi Hit Squad, Alyssia

Savita Vaid (born 1985),[1] better known by her stage name Ms Scandalous, is an English bhangra/rap artist.[2]

Vaid was born in Southall, West London, to a Punjabi family. She was signed by Panjabi Hit Squad after she was seen working part-time at a music store in Southall.[3] Her first recorded appearance was on Panjabi Hit Squad's 2002 album, The Streets, MCing for the second-to-last track, the garage remix of "Hai Hai".[2]

Her first full-length album, Ladies First, was released in May 2005 while she was in her final year at university. She juggled producing and promoting the album with studying for her degree in arts management.[4] The video for the second track, "Aaja Soniyah", entered the MTV Base top ten at no.4. The album itself topped Asian music charts everywhere[citation needed] and launched Ms Scandalous as the first Asian female rapper.[2]

A second album, Aag, was released in late 2008 after a three-year break from the music industry. The album features the hit single "Aag". Panjabi Hit Squad and Alyssia produced the album and provided vocals.[citation needed]


  • The Streets (with Panjabi Hit Squad; 2002/Tiger Entertainment)
  • Ladies First (2005/Desi Jam Recordings)
  • Aag (October 2008/Major Moves)


  1. ^ "Ms Scandalous: the new lady of British Asian sounds?", Indian Electronica, 11 July 2005
  2. ^ a b c M'Baye, Babacar (July 29, 2013). Crossing Traditions: American Popular Music in Local and Global Contexts. Scarecrow Press. pp. 161–162, 170. ISBN 0810888289.
  3. ^ Baddhan, Raj (May 13, 2005). "It Is Ladies First for Ms Scandalous". Birmingham Evening Mail. Archived from the original on October 8, 2016. Retrieved 23 September 2016 – via HighBeam Research.
  4. ^ Busby, John (25 April 2005). "Ms Scandalous Meets". UK Archived from the original on 4 January 2010.

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