|Native name||মুহাম্মদ মুমিথ আহমেদ|
|Birth name||Muhammad Mumith Ahmed|
|Also known as||Mumzy, SP, Stranger Productions|
18 January 1984|
Plaistow, Newham, London, England
Muhammad Mumith Ahmed (Bengali: মুহাম্মদ মুমিথ আহমেদ; born 18 January 1984), better known by his stage name Mumzy Stranger or his producing name SP, is a British Bangladeshi MC, singer, songwriter and record producer, known for his distinctive soulful-bashment style. He made his mainstream recording debut in the summer of 2009 with his debut single "One More Dance", which topped the UK Asian Charts, as did the follow-up singles, "Showgirl" and "Fly With Me". He is the first artist of Bangladeshi descent to have entered the mainstream music industry and still remains to this day one of the latest prospects of British-Asian R&B artists in Britain. Ahmed sings in a unique style combining reggae, dancehall, R&B and soul, and in different languages including Arabic, Bengali, English, Hindi, Punjabi, and Sylheti.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Charity work
- 3 Awards and nominations
- 4 Discography
- 5 Videography
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
In 2000, Ahmed started out in the UK garage scene at the age of 16, and was involved in pirate radio until 2003 when he left as he felt like a stranger (from which he derived his stage name). So far since his rise to local fame, his main fan base today is still derived from the East side of London and has also gained international success.
2005–08: Career beginning
Ahmed was one of three finalists in BBC Asian Network's Unsung competition in 2005 with his song "Jump Up", after a friend of his sent in Stranger's demo tape, which caught the attention of Rishi Rich, a Bhangra-fusion producer who was also one of the judges for the competition.
Two years later, as a graduate from the University of Westminster, achieving a BA (Hons) in Business Information Technology, Ahmed finally went into the studio with Rishi Rich. With the help of Rishi Rich, he released his promo single, "Let's Party" in 2007, which Rich produced along with the next single, "Stranger". He performed in the UK at the Royal Festival Hall in South Bank, London and at the 2008 Boishakhi Mela, a concert of Bangladeshi musicians. He also performed at the award show for the UK Asian Music Awards in 2008.
2009: Debut single and collaborations
Ahmed's debut single "One More Dance" was produced by Rishi Rich and was released in July 2009. The single was set to be titled "One More Chance" but was later changed to "One More Dance", according to Rishi Rich. It failed to reach the mainstream charts but topped the UK Asian Charts on its debut. His second single, "Showgirl", was released in August 2009. Mumzy is heard on two tracks on The Streets of Bollywood 3, a remix album by Rishi Rich, Hunterz and Kami K, mainly focusing on bringing Indian and urban music together.
2010: Debut mixtape and album released
Ahmed released his debut mixtape, No Stranger to This, which was put together in the course of seven days and officially released on 11 December, a day before his debut album, Journey Begins. Stranger and Stereo Nation are heard on the soundtrack of It's a Wonderful Afterlife. The track is a remix of a hit song by Stereo Nation, "Larl Larl Buleeya (Remix)". The track is Stranger's debut on a British film soundtrack. He is also heard on the soundtrack of Toonpur Ka Super Hero, making his debut on a Bollywood film soundtrack.
In December 2010, Stranger's debut album was Journey Begins released on in the UK. Stranger performed songs from the album with a live orchestra to 600 fans and media at a one-off concert on 18 December at Stratford Circus in Stratford, London. The album's lead single is "Fly With Me", produced by himself at his home studio. The single debuted at number 15 on the UK Asian Download Chart and stayed in the top 40 for more than 17 weeks but dropped off the chart at week 18. There are several remixes of "Fly With Me", a Grime Mix featuring Flo Dan, Gods Gift, KID & Roly; a Rishi Rich Kulcha Mix and a Bangla Mix featuring SH8S. Stranger's fourth and final single from the album is "Spaceman" featuring Wiley.
2011–12: Award nominations and Stranger Family
At the UK Asian Music Awards's Nominations Party held at the West Midlands' super-club Gatecrasher, in Birmingham on 1 February, Ahmed was nominated for 4 awards, Best Album (for Journey Begins), Best Male Act, Best Urban Act and Best Video (for "Fly With Me"), the most for any solo act at the UK Asian Music Awards 2011. He ended up winning Best Urban Act.
After the release of his debut album, he released his new promotional single titled "Mama Used to Say", a collaboration with Grammy-Award winning British R&B singer, Junior, which was released on 10 March. Stranger performed the single at the UK AMA with Junior.
Ahmed collaborated with Junai Kaden on the track "Aaja Mere Naal". The track is Junai Kaden's debut single and produced by Mumzy himself. The single was released on 14 April 2011. The track entered the UK Asian Download Chart at no. 7, making it his very first top 10 single.
In 2012, Ahmed launched Stranger Family, a music collective with Junai Kaden, Char Avell, Tasha Tah and Ramee. The group released their debut single, "Ghetto Refix" in 2012, which was a new version of Kaden's track "Ghetto" from his album From Me to You.
In November 2012, Stranger Family was scheduled to tour the UK alongside Canadian-South Asian group Culture Shock in the XOXO Tour, with the two groups even collaborating on a single, "XOXO", for promotion of the tour. However, due to poor ticket sales and issues regarding managing from Tiffin Beats Records, the tour was cancelled and would eventually lead to the breaking up of the Stranger Family.
2013–present: New projects and new artists
Mumzy is the featured artist on Nafees' song titled "Sazaa", which went to number 1 on The Official Asian Download Chart in its first week of release. He has also been to India with Tasha Tah to feature in a song called "Kurbaan". The track was made before, but the song was remade for Bollywood and the video has been shown on B4U Music.
After leaving his previous label, Tiffin Beats Records, Ahmed released a new record, "Love Comfort", as part of his new label he created, Timeless London.
Similar to how Ahmed launched artists as part of his Stranger Family collective in 2012, Ahmed began launching new artists with his comeback with "Love Comfort". "Love Comfort" featured himself and a new female artist he signed, Shayma, and was produced by Lyan Roze, a producer signed to Timeless London who would go on to produce many of Ahmed's future singles. Ahmed then signed Rupika Vaidya, a Sweden-based singer, and was a featured artist on her debut single, "Karle Manmani" in 2015. In 2016, Ahmed signed Nish, who featured in the Bangla Refix of Ahmed's single "Jaan Atki", which was produced by Lyan Roze and would go onto become No. 1 on the UK ITunes World Chart. In late 2015, Mumzy Stranger featured in Iksy's parody music video alongside Corner Shop Show, Humza Arshad, Bengali Blitz, Puremovements and Char Avell. In March 2018, he featured in Humza Arshad's parody of the viral Nike advertisement, known as "Nothing Beats A Londoner", featuring notable Londoners from underrepresented minorities such as Juggy D, H-Dhami, Tasha Tah, Sevaqk, Bobby Friction, Raxstar, Tez Ilyas, Arjun, Steel Banglez, Char Avell, Jay Sean, Corner Shop Show (Islah Abdur-Rahman, Michael Truong, Can Snatchy Kabadayi) and Naughty Boy.
Ahmed is an ambassador for Newham Council's anti-violence campaign to prevent gun and knife crime. On 29 August 2010, Stranger took part in the Sky Ride Leicester, a free, family-orientated and fun traffic-free mass participation cycling event in Leicester, England. For Ramadan 2018, Mumzy took part in Barnardo's FastForADay campaign.
Awards and nominations
|2009||Urban Music Awards||Best UK Asian Act||Won|
|2010||BritAsia TV Music Awards||Best Newcomer Act||Won|
|Best Urban Asian Act||Won|
|2011||UK Asian Music Awards||Best Album (Journey Begins)||Won|
|Best Male Act||Won|
|Best Urban Act||Won|
|Best Video (Fly With Me)||Won|
|2014||BritAsia TV Music Awards||Non-Asian Music Producer||Won|
|2017||Urban Music Awards||Artist of the Year (Asia)||Won|
|Album Title||Album details||Peak chart positions||Certifications|
- MixTape (DesiDrop.com exclusive, collection of Mumzy's promo songs) (2008)
- No Stranger to This (Hosted by DJ Limelight) (2010)
- Now Or Never (Mini Mixtape) (Co-produced with JUSZONIN) (February 2015)
- "7even" (EP) (Co-produced with JUSZONIN) (2016)
|2009||"One More Dance"||Mumzy Stranger||Tiffin Beats Records||Tiffin Beats Records||directed by Phil Hawkins/Box Bot|
|2010||"Fly With Me"||Journey Begins||directed by Orson Nava|
|"Nach Billo"||Malkit Singh||Billo Rani||Moviebox||Moviebox|
|"Manjave"||Sophie Choudry||Sound of Sophie|
|"Shimmy"||Preeya Kalidas||Constant Craving|
|2011||"Ha Karde"||Goldkartz||24 Karaatz||X1Film|
|"Heartbreaker"||Mumzy Stranger||Desi Box||Desi Box||Desi Box exclusive track|
|"Aaja Mere Naal"||Junai Kaden||From Me to You||Tiffin Beats Records||Tiffin Beats Records|
|2012||"Ghetto Refix"||Junai Kaden, Mumzy Stranger, Char Avell, Tasha Tah & Ramee|
|"Let Me In"||Salique||Black Label|
|2014||"Love Comfort"||Mumzy Stranger||Timeless London||Timeless Media||directed by Mumzy Stranger & Humza Arshad|
|"Get to Know"||directed by Humza Arshad|
|2015||"Got Me Singing"||Raxstar||directed by Hasinth Pathirana|
|"Ash Kardi"||Mumzy Stranger||Timeless London||Timeless Media|
|"Diamond Girl"||Adam Saleh and Sheikh Akbar||TrueStoryASA||Directed by Waz Islam & Sachin Patel|
|"Circles"||Mumzy Stranger||Timeless London|
|"Tomorrow's Another Day"||Adam Saleh||Naz Promotions||Naz Promotions|
|"One Last Time Lyan Roze Mix"||Stevie Hoang & Mumzy Stranger||Stevie Hoang||Stevie Hoang|
|2016||"Jaan Atki"||Mumzy Stranger||Timeless London||Timeless Media|
|"Won't Leave"||Char Avell||Timeless London
|"Diamond Jewel"||Mumzy Stranger||Timeless London||Timeless Media|
|"Diamond Jewel (Bangla Remix)|
|"Let's Make Love"||Mumzy Stranger & JusZonin|
|"Come My Way"||Mumzy Stranger|
|Jaan Kad Di Jaave||Mumzy Stranger, Lyan Roze, H-Dhami||Timeless London||Timeless Media|
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