We’ve already seen grime get political by backing Jeremy Corbyn for Prime Minister, and it got stuck in again this week as Nadia Rose’s “Skwod” was used to front an anti-fascist protest in Croydon. Deployed by UK-based feminist group Sisters Uncut as they demonstrated against an anti-immigration march outside the Home Office HQ at Lunar House asylum centre, the track became the signature sound of the 400 member counter-rally, which outnumbered the turnout for the far-right group South East Alliance by ten to one. Organised by Unite Against Fascism and trade union PCS, the counter-march showed the strength of opposition that the fascist movement face in Croydon, Nadia Rose’s hometown.
Now the writer of what will be known as an anti-fascist anthem, Nadia Rose is one of the brightest stars in the grime scene, and can be caught at a variety of different festivals this summer. Parklife in Manchester, Tramlines in Sheffield and Teignbridge’s Lockdown Festival can all count themselves blessed to host her in June, July and September respectively.
Photo courtesy of Nadia Rose