From Rudimental to Dizzee Rascal, this part of London has always been seen as a hotbed of creativity.

And, after the announcement of the 2015 Mercury Prize nominations, the area might have found its new standard-bearer for aural excellence.

Eska, who previously performed with Zero 7 and Bobby Mcferrin, has found her self-titled debut on the list, and has admirers from Jamie Cullum to Laura Mvula.

Eska Mtungwazi, 34, grew up in Lewisham and attended The Conservatoire educational charity in Blackheath.

She will go up against acts such as Aphex Twin, Florence and the Machine and Jamie XX in this year’s contest. Despite going up against such chart big hitters, the bookies are giving respectable odds as short as 10-1 for Eska, who specialises in soul and jazz.

The winner will be announced in the Radio Theatre at Broadcasting House on Friday, November 20.