One of music’s great maverick talents, singer-songwriter Neneh Cherry has spent her career out on a musical limb. From her beginnings with post-punk troublemakers Rip Rig & Panic via transatlantic chart success in the late 1980s and on to her recent work with free jazz noisemakers The Thing on last year’s explosive album The Cherry Thing, she’s surprised and thrilled audiences at every turn.
Cherry’s latest project is a potentially electrifying collaboration with Londonbased brothers Ben Page (keyboards/electronics) and Tom Page (drums/ percussion), better known as RocketNumberNine. Tonight, for the first time, the trio will play their new album in its entirety. The evening will marry Cherry’s distinctive vocals and irrepressible stage presence to the duo’s shapeshifting grooves and atmospherics. As always with Cherry, expect the unexpected and you won’t be disappointed.
In Conversation with Dave Haslam
with Neneh Cherry
Sun 7 July
Produced by Manchester International Festival.