Today Thornton Heath is inspiring a new breed of feminist – rapper Nadia Rose whose song Skwod has become an anthem for the anti-facist movement.
Nadia, the eldest daughter of a Jamaican DJ-turned-gas engineer and a Ghanaian nurse, grew up in Thornton Heath – four doors down from her cousin Michael Omari – better known as Stormzy.
The 24-year-old was named No 5 in the BBC’s Sound Of 2017.
The video of her hit song Skwod went viral back in May when it was a adopted as a anti facist chant by campaigners from feminist group Sisters Uncut and Black Lives Matter who were demonstrating against an anti-immigration march in Croydon.
Nadia caught the performing bug from an early age. She took park in playground rap battles at Westwood Language College For Girls in Upper Norwood and ended up at the BRIT School performing arts incubator for Amy Winehouse and Adele before studying music and music management at university.
When people from her postcode CR7 started making waves such as: Krept and Konan, Section Boyz and of course Stormzy, she quit her job working at a bookmakers, and turned to music.
She recently performed at Glastonbury where she rubbed shoulders with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and told reporters they had ‘a nice little chat’ about politics.