Neneh Cherry(1964-), Singer
Sitter in 1 portrait
Swedish singer-songwriter, rapper and street-style icon. Cherry’s debut solo album Raw Like Sushi (1989) launched her musical career. In the same year she caused a media-frenzy when she performed ‘Buffalo Stance’ on Top of the Pops whilst heavily pregnant with her daughter Tyson. Her second album Homebrew, enjoyed less success but Cherry continued her work by imaginatively collaborated with Senegalese artist Youssou N’Dour on the track ‘Seven Seconds’ which was released as a single and featured in N’Dour’s album The Guide. The tri-lingual song achieved phenomenal success reaching the number one position in many countries including France where it sold over 3 million records alone and stayed at the top of the charts for a record 16 weeks. The song also won the MTV Europe Music Award for the Best Song of 1994. Cherry later included ‘Seven Seconds’ on her album Man (1996) which was inspired by her step-father, the Jazz trumpeter Don Cherry. Her youngest daughter, Mabel, has followed in her footsteps carving her own successful musical career.
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