Mumzy Stranger

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Mumzy Stranger
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Background information
Native name
মুহাম্মদ মুমিথ আহমেদ
Birth nameMuhammad Mumith Ahmed
Also known asMumzy, SP, Stranger Productions
Born (1984-01-18) 18 January 1984 (age 35)
Plaistow, Newham, London, England
OriginNewham, London
InstrumentsPiano, guitar
Years active2005–present
Associated acts

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,[citation needed] 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.[1] 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.

Early life[edit]

Ahmed was born and raised in Plaistow, Newham in East London to Bengali Muslim parents. He is of Bengali origin and was raised in a traditional Islamic home.[2]

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.[3]

2005–08: Career beginning[edit]

Ahmed was one of three finalists in BBC Asian Network's Unsung competition in 2005 with his song "Jump Up",[4][5] after a friend of his sent in Stranger's demo tape,[6] which caught the attention of Rishi Rich, a Bhangra-fusion producer who was also one of the judges for the competition.[7]

Two years later, as a graduate from the University of Westminster, achieving a BA (Hons) in Business Information Technology,[1] 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".[citation needed] He performed in the UK at the Royal Festival Hall in South Bank, London[citation needed] and at the 2008 Boishakhi Mela, a concert of Bangladeshi musicians.[citation needed] He also performed at the award show for the UK Asian Music Awards in 2008.[citation needed]

2009: Debut single and collaborations[edit]

Ahmed's debut single "One More Dance" was produced by Rishi Rich and was released in July 2009.[8] The single was set to be titled "One More Chance" but was later changed to "One More Dance", according to Rishi Rich.[9] It failed to reach the mainstream charts but topped the UK Asian Charts on its debut.[10][11] His second single, "Showgirl", was released in August 2009.[6][12] 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.

Ahmed collaborated with several UK and international desi artists, such as H-Dhami, Preeya Kalidas, Abbas Hasan and Malkit Singh.[13]

On 18 November 2010, Ahmed supported Sean Kingston at The O2 Arena.[14]

2010: Debut mixtape and album released[edit]

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.[15] 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.[16] 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.[citation needed] 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 produced by chart topping producer Steel Banglez.

2011–12: Award nominations and Stranger Family[edit]

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.[17] He ended up winning Best Urban Act.[18]

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.[19] Stranger performed the single at the UK AMA with Junior.[20]

On 8 April 2011, Ahmed's single "Heartbreaker" was released as a free download.[21][22]

Ahmed collaborated with Junai Kaden[23] 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.[24] The track entered the UK Asian Download Chart at no. 7, making it his very first top 10 single.[citation needed]

In 2012, Ahmed launched Stranger Family, a music collective with Junai Kaden, Char Avell, Tasha Tah and Ramee.[25] 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.[26]

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.[27][28] However, due to poor ticket sales and issues regarding managing from Tiffin Beats Records, the tour was cancelled[29] and would eventually lead to the breaking up of the Stranger Family.[30][31]

2013–present: New projects and new artists[edit]

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.[32]

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,[26][25] 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.[33][34] Ahmed then signed Rupika Vaidya, a Sweden-based singer, and was a featured artist on her debut single, "Karle Manmani" in 2015.[35] 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.[33][34] 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.[36][37]

Charity work[edit]

Ahmed is an ambassador for Newham Council's anti-violence campaign to prevent gun and knife crime.[38] 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.[39] For Ramadan 2018, Mumzy took part in Barnardo's FastForADay campaign.[40][41]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result
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
Journey Begins


  • MixTape ( exclusive, collection of Mumzy's promo songs) (2008)[42]
  • 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)


Music videos[edit]

Year Song Artist Album Label Media Notes
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
"Sona" Abbas Hasan
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
2013 "Runaway" Mumzy Stranger
"Let Me In" Salique Black Label
"Sazaa" Nafees
2014 "Love Comfort" Mumzy Stranger Timeless London Timeless Media directed by Mumzy Stranger & Humza Arshad
"Get to Know" directed by Humza Arshad
"Kuriya" Rameet Kaur
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

XLVI Records

Timeless Media

Avell Pictures

"Diamond Jewel" Mumzy Stranger Timeless London Timeless Media
"Diamond Jewel (Bangla Remix)
"Let's Make Love" Mumzy Stranger & JusZonin
2017 Manja Nish
"Come My Way" Mumzy Stranger
Jaan Kad Di Jaave Mumzy Stranger, Lyan Roze, H-Dhami Timeless London Timeless Media

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Bio". Mumzy's Official Website. 2010. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
  3. ^ Maher, Amelia (19 August 2009). "Mumzy Stranger: Mumz The Word". RWD Magazine. Retrieved 8 December 2009.
  4. ^ "Unsung finalist". BBC Asian Network. 2005. Retrieved 8 December 2009.
  5. ^ Press office (30 March 2005). "Three finalists go head to head in BBC Asian Network Unsung 2005". BBC. Retrieved 8 December 2009.
  6. ^ a b "Interview with Mumzy Stranger". Desi-Box Media. July 2009. Retrieved 8 December 2009.
  7. ^ "Mumzy: Brit-Bengali Soul". MTV Iggy. Retrieved 8 December 2009.
  8. ^ "Mumzy launch party". The Asian News. 17 July 2009. Retrieved 8 December 2009.
  9. ^ "Making of One More Dance Music Video". MTV Iggy. 4 June 2009. Retrieved 8 December 2009.
  10. ^ "Mumzy Stranger – 'One More Dance'". Radar Music Videos. 26 May 2009. Archived from the original on 3 June 2009. Retrieved 8 December 2009.
  11. ^ "Making of Mumzy's "One More Dance" Music Video". MTV Iggy. Retrieved 8 December 2009.
  12. ^ "Mumzy Stranger's Showgirl". The Asian News. 15 August 2009. Retrieved 8 December 2009.
  13. ^ "Top 5 Collaborations". DesiHits. 2010. Retrieved 9 November 2010.
  14. ^ "Mumzy to support Sean Kingston". DesiHits. 2010. Retrieved 18 November 2010.
  15. ^ "Mumzy Stranger - The 'Journey Begins' (Out Soon)". 2010. Retrieved 9 October 2010.
  16. ^ "Mumzy Stranger to release debut album". Manchester: Manchester Evening News. 6 December 2010. Retrieved 12 October 2010.
  17. ^ "Most Nominations at UK AMA 2011". dailyrindblog. 1 February 2011. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
  18. ^ Jas Sembhi (10 March 2011). "2011 UK Asian Music Awards Winners". Retrieved 13 March 2011.
  19. ^ "Brand new single". DesiHits. 2011. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
  20. ^ "Mumzy & Junior's Performance at UK AMA". BBC Asian Network. 10 March 2011. Retrieved 11 March 2011.
  21. ^ "Making of "Heartbreaker"". 2011. Retrieved 5 April 2011.
  22. ^ "Mumzy Stranger is a "Heartbreaker"". DesiHits. 2011. Retrieved 5 April 2011.
  23. ^ "New Mentor Role". DesiHits. 2011. Retrieved 14 April 2011.
  24. ^ "Mumzy's new protoge". DesiHits. 2011. Retrieved 7 April 2011.
  25. ^ a b "Tasha Tah talks 'Oye Oye', Honey Singh and Fusion Bhangra". DESIblitz. 9 June 2017. Retrieved 15 July 2017.
  26. ^ a b "Stranger Family unleashes Ghetto Refix". The Times of India. Retrieved 15 July 2017.
  27. ^ Stranger Family & Culture Shock – XOXO, retrieved 15 July 2017
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  29. ^ "The Stranger Family and Culture Shock XOXO Tour Cancelled!". Urban Asian. 8 November 2012. Retrieved 15 July 2017.
  30. ^ "Ramee Kaur Leaves The Stranger Family, Are They Falling Apart?". 9 November 2012. Retrieved 15 July 2017.
  31. ^ "Junai Kaden Sets The Record Straight About His Departure From The Stranger Family". 14 November 2012. Retrieved 15 July 2017.
  32. ^ "Sazaa is Number 1". BBC Asian network. 2013. Retrieved 2 October 2013.
  33. ^ a b "Nadia Ali speaks to Nish and producer Lyan". BBC. 17 July 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2017.
  34. ^ a b "Mumzy Stranger, Lyan Roze & Nish". BBC. Retrieved 15 July 2017.
  35. ^ "Rupika Vaidya ft. Mumzy Stranger- Karle Manmani is out now". The Times of India. Retrieved 15 July 2017.
  36. ^ "HUMZA ARSHAD: Nike Ad Parody". HumzaProductions. 12 March 2018. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  37. ^ "Nothing Beats A Londoner PARODY". YouTube. 12 March 2018. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  38. ^ "Mumzy Stranger fights Knife and gun Crime with Tower Hamlets". Newham Council. 16 March 2011. Retrieved 16 March 2011.
  39. ^ "Sky Ride Leicester (Mumzy Stranger)". Zimbio. 29 August 2009. Retrieved 30 August 2010.
  40. ^ "Plaistow pop superstar Mumzy Stranger delves into Barnardo's rich east London archive". Barnardo's. 30 May 2018. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  41. ^ "Plaistow singer Mumzy Stranger takes part in charity campaign for east London's muslim community". Newham Recorder. 30 May 2018. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  42. ^ "Mumzy – MixTape". DesiDrop.Com. 2008. Archived from the original on 12 April 2009. Retrieved 14 November 2008.

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