East London singer and rapper, Mumzy Stranger unleashes his debut single Fly With Me on 10th October. In an era where urban blends into pop, it’s refreshing to hear a new Asian sound from a distinctively new voice.
Impossible to box in a specific genre, Fly With Me draws influences from dance music combined with smooth R&B vocals and a distinct dancehall flavor. It’s a sound that has already got the likes of Radio 1’s Nihal and Fearne Cotton and Choice’s The Firin Squad playing the single as well as being listed as DJ Target’s homegrown talent single of the week.
Co-written and co-produced with renowned producer and long time mentor, Rishi Rich, Mumzy Stranger has been making a name for himself on the urban and Asian underground scene over the last few years. Plaistow-born Mumzy started out on East London’s grime scene battling with other MCs before discovering the Asian club scene when he started University. Combing the two genres with his love of dancehall music, Mumzy Stranger started becoming one of the key figures on the Asian music scene. His singles One More Dance and Showgirl topped the Asian charts and the success led to collaborations with some of Bollywood’s biggest musicians.
Mumzy Stranger has had a busy few months as he prepares for his breakthrough into the mainstream. He can currently be heard as the featured rapper on Preeya Kalidas single ‘Shimmy’ and has just wrapped up a mela tour which he headline performing to audiences of up to 60,000 people.
In between all this Mumzy Stranger has been finishing his debut album which will be released in 2011. As you can expect from an artist who mixes sounds and styles, he is determined not to be pigeonholed. “I’m not an Asian doing R&B music. I’m a soulful, R&B, bashment artist who happens to be Asian. I don’t need to be put under any category.”
Check out his latest video for Fly With Me: