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Neneh Cherry

Neneh Cherry performed with RocketNumberNine as part of MIF13. For full details, please visit the events page by following the link in the left hand panel.

Neneh Cherry, daughter of late avant-garde artist Moki Cherry & African percussionist Ahmadu Jah, was brought up in New York by her mother and left field jazz legend the late Don Cherry. Leaving school at 14 to move to London and sing with the punk group The Cherries, Neneh performed with several bands, including The Slits until beginning her solo career.

Releasing her first single Buffalo Stance and performing it while 7 months pregnant on Top Of The Pops garnered Cherry instant success, with her first album Raw Like Sushi, which won a Brit award in 1990 and she received a Grammy nomination. Cherry went on to record two further solo albums and collaborate with Massive Attack, Tricky and Portishead,all of whom, Cherry has helped kick start their careers through her production company The Cherry Bear Organisation. Perhaps her most famous collaboration was with Youssou N’Dour, for their song 7 Seconds. The song was internationally successful and earned Cherry her second Grammy nomination.

In 2012 Cherry worked with Scandinavian left field improv jazz heavyweights The Thing to make the widely acclaimed & heavily awarded Cherry Thing album which forced Cherry yet again right back to the top of the innovators pile.  More recently Cherry joined RocketNumberNine & Kieran Hebden (aka Four Tet) in 2013 to make her first solo album in sixteen years, Blank Project, which premiered at MIF13.


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