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Oct 27 / Prinza

2003: Ms Dynamite Says ‘Booo! To Stage Fright

Two years ago, Niomi Daley was an underground MC with a severe case of stage fright and an even greater fear of singing.Today, as Ms. Dynamite, she’s one of the hottest R&B stars in England and is poised to blow up (wink, wink) in America, thanks in large part to live appearances with Eminem and Destiny’s Child and a debut album featuring mostly singing. “I am the type of person, if something frightens me or challenges me then I have to get over it,” Dynamite said during a recent trip to Los Angeles. “I have to overcome that. And I think that is the kind of thing that keeps me going.”Ms. Dynamite overcame her stage fright by starting small on the U.K.’s red-hot two-step circuit and by convincing herself she had something worthwhile to say. Singing came much later. In fact, her first notes came out in the studio with producer Salaam Remi (Nas, the Fugees) after she had already signed a record deal.”I was really intending to kind of make a kind of MCing album, but maybe with some garage beats, some hip-hop beats, some dancing beats,” she explained. “And when I got to work with Salaam … he just convinced me to sing somehow, and I hated it. I was like, ‘No way.’ But after a while it grew on me.”Ms. Dynamite’s voice has since grown on a lot of people. Her album, A Little Deeper, garnered rave reviews when it was released overseas last summer and eventually won the prestigious Mercury Music Prize for album of the year, beating out David Bowie, the Doves and others.The album, which features a diverse range of sounds from producers Punch (P. Diddy), Bloodshy (98

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