Ms Dynamite

Niomi MacLean-Daley was brought up in North London by a Scottish mother and a Jamaican father. She grew up listening to reggae and hip hop music.


She is the eldest of eleven siblings, one of which is a UK grime artist known as Akala, and attended Acland Burghley School in Tufnell Park.

It was whilst working for a radio station, RAW FM, that Ms. Dynamite was discovered by Richard Forbes. After working briefly with garage outfit So Solid Crew, she released her debut album, 'A Little Deeper' in 2002, featuring the songs It Takes More and Dy-Na-Mi-Tee. The album was released in the USA the following year to critical acclaim.

The Live8 concert in Hyde Park in July 2005 saw Ms Dynamite return to the stage after a two-year absence. She had vanished from the public eye at the height of her new-found fame to have her son Shavaar in 2003.

When she hit the pause button, Ms Dynamite had been famous for less than a year. After 'A Little Deeper' won the prestigious Mercury Music Prize for Album of the Year in September 2002, it was soon clear that there was more to Ms Dynamite than most pop stars.

In October 2002, Dynamite landed three MOBOs - for Best Single, Best Newcomer and UK Act of the Year - at a ceremony where no other artist won more than one. Next came two BRIT Awards, for Best British Female Artist and Best Urban Act. 'A Little Deeper' sold half a million copies in the UK alone.

She returned with her album titled ‘Judgement Days’ which was also the title of the first single taken from it.

Despite the success, her personal life has not been without controversy. In January 2006, Ms. Dynamite was arrested outside a London nightclub following a brawl in which she punched a male police officer in the groin whilst in custody. She was convicted and sentenced to sixty hours of community service.

Later that year she participated in a TV show called The Race on Sky One. This was a week long event in which ten celebrities had to compete against each other on the track in different races building up to a thirty lap event. After about ten laps into the race disaster struck, as Ms. Dynamite hit the wall on the pit straight at about 100mph. She was air-lifted to hospital but later released without serious injury.