Ms. Dynamite (Niomi McLean-Daley)

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London, England, UK
Niomi McLean-Daley, a.k.a. Ms. Dynamite, was born in 1981 in London, England, to a white Irish mother and a black British father. The eldest of eleven children, McLean-Daley was raised in north London by her mother, a school teacher, following her parents' divorce. She grew up listening to reggae, soul, and hip-hop music, and by age 18 had taken to jumping up onstage at raves and rapping over hip-hop beats. Performing and making music so absorbed the budding singer that she passed on an opportunity to attend Sussex University as a social anthropology major in order to pursue a music career. Read more...