Neneh Cherry who is the daughter of musician Ahmadu Jah and artist Moki Cherry Karlsson was born in Stockholm in 1964. She is the stepdaughter of jazz trumpeter Don Cherry and half sister to Titiyo Jah (same father) and Eagle-Eye Cherry (same mother).
The first years of her life lived Neneh Cherry in Hässleholm, but soon began entire family accompany her stepfather Don Cherry on his tours. At age 14, jumped Neneh Cherry of school and moved to London, where she was a member of a few different bands punk band The Cherries, New Age Steppers and Rip Rig & Panic, the latter made a guest appearance in the British-produced TV series The Young Ones (The Young Ones).
1982 she was involved in the group Raw Sex’s with the song “Stop the War”, a protest song against the Falklands War.She also worked with the group The The. Her first solo release, “Buffalo Stance” which mixed hip hop with mainstream pop music hit the big internationally, and was at its best in third place in the UK charts and number one on the US list of dance music. In the UK caused Cherry is some controversy by performing the song including choreography that heavily pregnant in the TV program Top of the Pops.
Her husband Cameron McVey produced her first album Raw like Sushi. Several singles were released in the late 80’s and early 90’s. Some of them are the slower “Manchild”, who hit big in Sweden, “Kisses On The Wind” and “Inna City Mama”, as all three reached the top 20 in the UK. She was also involved in the music scene in Bristol, where she made arrangements for the group Massive Attack album Blue Lines.
1992 she began to work with Michael Stipe and Gang Starr. In 1994 she recorded “7 Seconds” along with Youssou N’Dour, a song that remained in the charts for almost half a year. The album Man was released in 1996 and a remix discNeneh Chérie Remixes and some singles from it was released in 1997. In 1999, the single “Twisted Mess”, a collaboration with Craig Armstrong. In the mid-1990s, she was also a hit with a cover of The Judds “Love Can Build a Bridge” with Cher and Chrissie Hynde and Eric Clapton on guitar. In the 2000s, she has not done much under her own name.
Gorillaz ‘Demon Days album of 2005, she sings the song “All Alone”. She is also involved in the remake of the Teddy Bears song “Yours To Keep” which is featured on the album Soft Machine from 2007. And on Kleerup self-titled album, she contributed the song “Forever”. She also debuted in the Swedish language on the rapper Petter’s song “Tête à tête”. Then a few years Neneh member of the Circus, which released some records. She has also starred in the remake of Timo Maas song “High Drama” which is featured on the album “Pictures” from 2005.
2012 she released “The Cherry Thing”, a collaboration with Scandinavian jazz heavyweights the Thing covering songs by Suicide, the Stooges, Martina Topley-Bird, and Cherry’s own stepfather, the late, great free-jazz trumpeter Don Cherry. Her first solo album in 18 years, Blank Project, came in 2014.