Portrait photograph of Estelle in front of distant blocks of flats

© John Ferguson

Hip-hop artist, singer and producer Estelle Swaray, was born in west London in 1980. Born to Senegalese and Grenadian parents, she wrote her first rap at thirteen, and won her first record deal at the age of nineteen.

A rising star among a new generation of UK urban artists, her breakthrough single was a collaboration with American producer Kanye West. She recently moved to America after joining soul star John Legend's record label.