British rap sensation Ms Dynamite is putting her celebrity to good use - by opening her own school of urban music.

The IT TAKES MORE hitmaker is using her own cash plus local authority and youth initiative grants to open the DIDDYMITE school in Lambeth, south London in three months time.

And Ms Dynamite - real name NIOMI McLEAN-DALY - will teach some classes herself and has enlisted the help of hip-hop pals So Solid Crew and Big Brovaz too.

The school will be open on the weekends and during school holidays, teaching youngsters between the ages of seven and 19 performance and songwriting skills.

No venue has been confirmed yet but MARISHA SKYERS, the cousin of Ms Dynamite's partner DWYANE SEAFORTH will be overseeing the search.

29/02/2004 21:07