We selected ten artists who have a strong connection to Tottenham. First seen in our Music & Performance print special. We recommend you put on a good pair of headphones or blast these through your speakers…
Adele – Rolling in the Deep
A playlist about Tottenham musicians wouldn’t be complete without one of the biggest selling artists of recent times. Adele recently appeared on The Sunday Times Rich List and has an estimated net worth of £140 million.
Wretch 32 – Tell Me ft. Kojo Funds, Jahlani
Wretch 32, or Jermaine Scott Sinclair, was born and raised in Tottenham to a Jamican mother. Wretch is also the nephew of Stafford Scott who co-founded the Broadwater Farm Defence campaign in 1985.
Collective X (Alya) – Take A Moment
Alya Al-Sultani, who’s latest collaboration with Clemens Christian Poetzsc is called Collective X, was born in Southern Iraq and grew up in Tottenham. She is label boss and artist for SLSA, Black Wave & Two Rivers Records.
Avelino (feat. Stormzy & Skepta) – Energy
A large number of rappers have come out of Tottenham, including Avelino and Skepta. The video shows recognisable sites including the Seven Sisters snail mural, Chestnuts Community Centre, Black Boy Lane, and the infamous Chick King up near the Spurs ground.
General Skank – I Lost My Way
General Skank formed in 2013. I Lost My Way was mentioned in our interview with DJ Sapphire (page 9), a reggae singer in the band. I Lost My Way was played on David Rodigan’s show on Radio 1Xtra.
Demon Boyz – This Is a Jam
Demon D, Mike J and DJ Devastate aka Demon Boyz, are originally from Tottenham. They began rapping in their teens and took the hip hop world by storm. This is a Jam appeared on their first album Hard As Hell.
Etta Bond – Surface
Etta Bond, originally from Cambridge is now based in Tottenham. She has collaborated with Tottenham rappers including Wretch 32, Skepta and Avelino. Surface is the latest single by Etta which was released on 17 May.
Shauna Shadae ft. SNE & Ms Banks – Mi Like Remix
Mi Like was the first single Shauna Shadae released in the summer of 2016. Having already collaborated with rappers SNE and Ms Banks, this Jamaican-born Tottenham-ite is one to keep an eye on.
Dennis Bovell – Rowing 12″
We saw an exclusive performance by Dennis Bovell at the welcome event for the new chair of the Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Dotun Adebayo, earlier this year. His smooth voice is one of the best things we’ve heard in a long time.
Miraa May – ‘N15’ prod. Salaam Remi
We had to include Miraa May’s N15. In the track, she refers to her home town as ‘Totti’ and the video shows her walking around Tottenham. You can see sites including Seven Sisters Road, Seven Sisters Market and Tottenham Green.