|Birth name||Neneh Marianne Karlsson|
|Born||March 10, 1964
|Genres||Hip hop, trip hop, alternative hip hop|
|Occupations||Singer-songwriter, rapper, DJ|
|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 Black 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[change | edit source]
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.
Career[change | edit source]
Early days in London[change | edit source]
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.