Neneh Cherry

Swedish singer-songwriter

Neneh Marianne Karlsson (born 10 March 1964), known as Neneh Cherry is a Swedish singer-songwriter and rapper of mixed African-European descent.[1] 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.

Neneh Cherry
Neneh Cherry in 2013
Neneh Cherry in 2013
Background information
Birth nameNeneh Marianne Karlsson
Born (1964-03-10) 10 March 1964 (age 60)
Stockholm, Sweden
GenresHip hop, trip hop, alternative hip hop
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, rapper, DJ
Years active1980–present
LabelsVirgin, Tent Music

Early life


Cherry was born in Stockholm.[2] 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.[3][4]



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.[5]

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.


  1. Strong, Martin C. (2000). The Great Rock Discography (5th ed.). Edinburgh: Mojo Books. p. 176. ISBN 1-84195-017-3.
  2. Mossman, Kate (23 February 2014). "Neneh Cherry, interview: 'People ask me where I've been for 18 years'" – via
  3. "".
  4. "Don Cherry: 1936-1995". Retrieved 21 December 2010.
  5. "PFF 2005".