Swedish rapper/pop star Neneh Cherry (former singer with the Slits and Rip Rig and Panic) has joined forces with Nordic free jazz trio The Thing, to release a collaborative album ‘The Cherry Thing, due out on June 18th through Norwegian label Smalltown Supersound.
A born pioneer, Neneh Cherry fits naturally into the forefront of musical and social change, whether it’s post-punk, rap, or giving the music world a new image of female pop stars: famously, she promoted her breakthrough solo album Raw Like Sushi by getting down on British TV wearing a tight outfit - and seven months pregnant. Breakthroughs mark Cherry’s career, full of individual choices like collaborating with Senegal’s Youssou N’Dour on 7 Seconds which reached number 1 in 48 countries and was voted Song of the Century by the French public in 2000. Her next release, the torch song Woman, was sung in English and Spanish and consolidated Neneh’s respect as a conscious global role model for women and those that appreciate them.
Sticking to your artistic guns is the code with which Neneh was raised. Her adaptive approach was molded growing up on the road with her Swedish artist mother Moki and her step-father, world/free jazz trumpet great Don Cherry. Summers were spent in the Swedish forests; with Don’s folks in Watts, L.A; the family loft in New York or with the family of her percussionist father, Amadu Jah, in Sierra Leone. Those formative influences and experiences prepared Neneh for a lifetime of creating with talents as different as they are authentic.
Starting out by joining key punk girl band The Slits, Neneh next became the voice of renegade free-blowing post-punk bohoes Rip, Rig and Panic and their successor: Float Up, C.P. After attracting further attention with her vocals on The The’s classic Slow Train To Dawn , Neneh became part of ‘Buffalo’, the creative collective assembled by the late visionary visualizer Ray Petri, whose style so shaped the 1980s.
Now a solo artist, Cherry hit big straight away with the worldwide hit singles Buffalo Stance, Manchild and Inna City Mamma from her debut album Raw Like Sushi. More followed, like Buddy X from the Homebrew & Man albums, which also featured Woman and 7 Seconds.After the Man album Neneh decided to step off the corporate music business tread mill preferring to collaborate with artists such as Tricky, Damon Albarn on his Gorillaz project & her own family collective cirKus.
Neneh Cherry and The Thing began collaborating in Autumn 2010, and following a performance at Strand, Stockholm in March 2011 decided to continue making music together. Aside from original material, together they play the music of such diverse artists as Ornette Coleman, Neneh’s father Don Cherry, Velvet Underground singer Nico and hip hop artist MF Doom.
The Thing was established in the spring of 2000 when the three musicians met to play several concerts and to record their first CD on the Crazy Wisdom label (brain child of Swedish left field pioneer Conny Lindström).
The album ‘The Cherry Thing’ will be released on June 18th through Smalltown Supersound.
Neneh Cherry - voice
Mats Gustafsson – saxophones
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten – double bass, electric bass
Paal Nilssen-Love - drums
The Cherry Thing tracklisting:
01 Cashback (Neneh Cherry)
02 Dream Baby Dream (Suicide)
03 Too Tough to Die (Martina Topley-Bird)
04 Sudden Movement (Mats Gustafsson)
05 Accordion (MF Doom)
06 Golden Heart (Don Cherry)
07 Dirt (The Stooges)
08 What Reason (Ornette Coleman)