Neneh Cherry will release ‘Blank Project’, her first solo album in 16 years in early 2014. A single from the album however has just been released.
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Through post-punk’s adherence to mixed-race line-ups and anti-government stance, to UK rap’s refusal of the conventions of pop, trip-hop’s connection with the politicized elements of rave culture and, through 1996’s Man, where Neneh introduced elements of Senegalese language to mainstream audiences for the first time via the mammoth “7 Seconds” single featuring Senegalese singer Youssou N’Dour, and now, with Blank Project, Neneh continues to arrive at moments in musical history when there is an opportunity to subvert ideas of popular culture. She is subverting once again, only this time, although this record is musically bold, Neneh sees the stasis she’s challenging isn’t musical or societal, but her own.
‘Blank Project’ Tracklisting:
01. Across The Water
02. Blank Project
04. Spit Three Times
08. Out Of The Black (featuring Robyn)
The first time we saw Neneh Cherrie on TV, an argument broke out between those trying to claim her as Sierra Leonean and the none believers who said she was rather Guinean. It was the first time we had seen a woman possibly connected to Sierra Leone in an international music video.
Years later I would learn that she didn’t actually grow up in Guinea as was believed nor had she ever visited Sierra Leone but I did learn that she had Sierra Leonean ancestry.
If you don’t know Neneh Cherry, then you’re in for a treat. Check out the world famous ‘7 Seconds’, a ballad with Youssou Ndour recorded back in 1994 from Youssou’s album: The Guide (Wommat).