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Random Dynamite Biography

The Live8 concert in Hyde Park in July 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. Her priorities had suddenly changed leading her to place her music career on hold. She gave birth to her son, Shavaar, in July 2003. When she hit the pause button, Ms Dynamite had been famous for less than a year. Yet in that time her rise from underground MC to the princess of British Black Music had been sensational. Britain had never seen the like. She was sharp, talented, original, charming, streetwise, outspoken and opinionated. She was young, black woman, had something to say – and had the tunes to back it up. She exploded into the national consciousness like a pocket-sized supernova. More accolades followed her Mercury triumph. 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. After a one-year sabbatical with her newborn Shavaar, Dynamite began to write her second album in summer 2004. She flew to Los Angeles to record with hip hop producer Chink Santana (best known for his work with Ja Rule and Ashanti). “He is just madly multi-talented – he can sing, rap, play instruments, everything! There was a musical connection straight away.

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