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Nenah Cherry

Cherry said she found her voice singing along with Poly Styrene from X-Ray Spex. She grew up in a musical family: "Music was always there, it was like food in my house. But in my home I had never really found my own thing. I really identified with Poly, the voice. Culturally, she was mixed. I recognized her when I looked at her. One day I was singing along to their records, Germfree Adolescents or 'Oh Bondage Up Yours!', but I found my voice. And I'll never forget it happening." Her dad was singing at the piano, playing "Put Another Nickel in the Nickelodeon." Cherry remembers singing it with him in the voice she had found. "Oh look, I have a voice, it's been born. It was like an ejection, like a release button. It was like, here you go, do your own thing."

Cherry was born in Stockholm, the daughter of Monica "Moki" Cherry (née Karlsson), a Swedish painter and textile artist, and Ahmadu Jah, a Sierra Leonean drummer. Jah was born in Sierra Leone, the son of a chief. He left for Stockholm to study engineering at university.

Cherry's mother married Don Cherry, an American jazz musician, who helped raise her since birth. She took her stepfather's surname.

Cherry has a half-sister, singer Titiyo, and half-brother, record producer Cherno Jah, from her father Ahmadu Jah's marriage to Maylen Jah (née Bergström). Cherry also has a half-brother, musician Eagle-Eye Cherry, a stepsister, violinist Jan Cherry, and a stepbrother, jazz musician David Ornette Cherry from stepfather Don Cherry's side.

Cherry's parents, Moki and Don Cherry, bought a house in 1970 in the countryside outside the small town of Hässleholm in Sweden, in an old schoolhouse that was built in the turn of the century. On her home, "The way they were, with their creativity, their art...the music, and their idea of how they wanted to live, was all very much connected. They had an idea that they wanted to create together, with other people. So our house was an 'open house.' A lot of people visited, a lot of musicians came. That upbringing has definitely filtered through into who I am and the way I live.

Neneh Cherry (born Neneh Mariann Karlsson on March 10, 1964 in Stockholm) is a two-time Grammy Award-nominated and MTV Europe Music Award-winning Swedish singer-songwriter and rapper. Cherry is also an occasional DJ and broadcaster. Cherry blended hip hop with other influences, and experienced some moderate mainstream success with several of her recordings.
December 8, 1994, Neneh hosted Top Of The Pops 2 (BBC)
In April 2006 Neneh Cherry appeared with the Gorillaz at the legendary Apollo Theatre in Harlem, New York. Neneh appeared in the CD/DVD on the track "Kids With Guns".
Cherry's duet with Youssou N'Dour, "7 Seconds", remained at number 1 in France for a record 17 weeks in 1994.
April 1994 - Cherry performed 7 Seconds w/Youssou N'Dour, live on the David Letterman show in New York City from the historical Ed Sullivan Theatre. Neneh and Youssou were served soup from the local Rupert's deli during the live interview with Dave.
Cherry is mentioned in the 1995 book Bulletproof Diva: Tales of Race, Sex, and Hair by Lisa Jones. Lisa is the daughter of poet LeRoi Jones a.k.a Amiri Baraka
During Cherry's 1996-1997 World Tour to support the Man CD, she closed each show with the 80s punk anthem "Germ Free Adolescents"
In April 2007 Cherry accidentally swore on live daytime TV whilst being interviewed on Channel 4's The Paul O'Grady Show

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