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Mumzy Stranger
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Written by Sanita Jassal   
Tuesday, 21 September 2010
Mumzy StrangerIn an era of generic urban music, Mumzy Stranger is set to blast onto the UK scene with a style that is entirely his own. Raised in Plaistow by Bengali parents, Mumzy’s music blends the bhangra and Bollywood beats of his childhood with the New Jack Swing riffs and reggae-inspired rhythms of his teenage years.

Whether he’s rapping or singing, producing or songwriting, Mumzy Stranger’s wide-ranging musical abilities set him apart from the masses.

Now signed to Rishi Rich’s Tiffin Beats label, Mumzy is ready to unleash his distinct blend of bashment-flavoured R&B on the world in the form of his seductive new single Fly With Me.

Mumzy Stranger meets British Hip Hop Miss San San:

Hey Mumzy! You have had an amazing year and also won Best Urban Asian Act at Brit Asia Music Awards 2010, how do you feel about your success?

Mumzy StrangerMumzy Stranger:
Amazing! This year has been a whirlwind and winning Best Urban Asian Act at the Brit Asia awards was one the highlights of the year so far! It’s all thanks to the fans; I wouldn’t be achieving so much if it wasn’t for their support.

Rishi Rich helped to get your foot into the door and he’s been associated with major mainstream names such as Craig David, Britney Spears, Ricky Martin and Mary J Blige. How has your journey been with Rishi and where do see it headed in the future?

Mumzy Stranger:
My journey with Rishi has been amazing since the beginning; it’s crazy to think that I am working with such a talented producer who has worked with so many great mainstream artists. He has been a great mentor to me and has taught me so much over the past few years and I can only see our journey going further up!

You produced your new single Fly With Me entirely alone, where did you get your inspiration for the new track ‘Fly With Me’?

Mumzy Stranger:
The inspiration came from pure imagination rather than reality, I just wanted to write a song that makes people feel good and just be free away from problems that’s why I wrote “Fly With Me” as the title speaks for itself.

What do you want to achieve from your music?

Mumzy Stranger:
For it to be listened to and enjoyed by the public!

What has been your most memorable musical highlight so far?

Mumzy Stranger:
Oh there’s been so many! For this year it would be receiving the Best Asian Urban Act at the Brit Asia Awards as it was my first award that I have won so far. Also being one of the few Asian acts to perform ever on the National lottery with Preeya Kalidas was a great experience!

In the music industry, who do you most admire as your role model?

Mumzy StrangerMumzy Stranger:
Michael Jackson always was and will be a role model of mine. He not only inspires me because of his talented singing and dancing skills but through his production skills as well.

You've got a Reggae / Dancehall element to your sound. What artists from that scene are you into?

Mumzy Stranger:
Buju Banton, Supercat and Collie Buddz.

Your music and style have been compared with Sean Paul how does that make you feel?

Mumzy Stranger:
Of course it’s flattering! Sean Paul is a talented artist and if I happen to sound like him then of course I can only take that as a compliment!

Who would you most like to collaborate with mainstream wise?

Mumzy Stranger:
Oh defiantly Keri Hilson!

You had a very successful collaboration with Preeya Kalidas’s debut single Shimmy, are there any other female artists you would want to work with in the future, or plan to work with?

Mumzy Stranger:
Working with Preeya Kalidas was a great experience, but for the time being I am just concentrating on my own solo work but if Keri Hilson is ever in London then I wouldn’t say no! (laughs)

Can you name three of your favourite female celebrities?

Mumzy Stranger:
Megan Fox, Angelina Jolie and Beyonce!

Tell me something about you that fans would be surprised to hear...

Mumzy Stranger:
I am a great cook and probably would have become a chef if I wasn’t a singer!

Any final words for the hundreds or thousands British Hip Hop readers?

Mumzy Stranger:
Thank you to all my supporters both old and new for all your love and continued support! My new single ‘FLY WITH ME’ is releasing 10.10.10 on i-Tunes make sure you grab a copy!

By: Sanita Jassal




Mumzy Stranger and Sanita



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