Nadia Cattouse continued down the teaching route for a while, becoming the headmistress of a mission school. She also lectured on infant education. Cattouse returned to Britain in 1951 to study at the London School of Economics. She began singing and acting to fund her way through college. Her TV career began in 1954. She appeared on Freedom Road: Songs of Negro Protest in 1964. She also appeared in many stage productions, such as Jean Geret’s ‘The Blacks’.
As a singer in the 1960s, Cattouse performed at ‘Les Cousins’ folk and blues club in Greek St. In 1967, she made ‘Songs of Grief and Glory’ with Robin Hall and Jimmie MacGregor. Her album ‘Earth Mother’, released in 1970 was partly recorded at the Edinburgh Festival in 1969. Her most notable songs are ‘Read and Green Christmas’ and ‘Long Time Boy’. The latter had distinct influences of both French pop and also the London folk scene.