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Neneh Cherry
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Neneh Cherry in 2008
Background information
Birth name Neneh Marianne Karlsson
Born (1964-03-10) March 10, 1964 (age 57)
Stockholm, Sweden
Genres Hip hop, trip hop, alternative hip hop
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, rapper, DJ
Years active 1987–present
Labels Virgin, Tent Music
Associated acts Eagle-Eye Cherry, Titiyo, Don Cherry, Massive Attack

Neneh Marianne Karlsson (born 10 March 1964), known as Neneh Cherry is a Swedish singer-songwriter and rapper of mixed African-European descent. Cherry is also an occasional DJ and broadcaster. Cherry blends hip hop with other influences, and experienced some mainstream success with several of her recordings.

Early life

Cherry was born in Stockholm. A biracial woman, Cherry's father is from the Sierra Leone in West Africa and her mother, Moki, is from Sweden. However, she was raised by the African American jazz musician Don Cherry (1936-1995), whom her mother married early in her life.


Early days in London

Cherry left school at 14 and moved to London, where she joined the punk rock band "The Cherries". Cherry moved through several bands, including New Age Steppers, Rip Rig + Panic (with whom she appeared on an episode of cult sitcom The Young Ones in 1982), and Float Up CP. She also DJ'd, playing early rap music on the reggae pirate Dread Broadcasting Corporation.

Raw Like Sushi

In 1988 "Buffalo Stance" was released. Cherry's first album Raw Like Sushi was released on 2 May 1989.


In 1992 Cherry's second album Homebrew was released. It did not sell as many copies as Raw Like Sushi.


In 1996 Cherry released Man.

Blank Project

In February 2014 Cherry released her first solo album in 18 years, Blank Project.

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