Finally! New music from Neneh Cherry

Neneh Cherrie - Blank Project
Neneh Cherrie – Blank Project

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
03. Naked
04. Spit Three Times
05. Weightless
06. Cynical
07. 422
08. Out Of The Black (featuring Robyn)
09. Dossier
10. Everything

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.

Her father Amadu Jah was a Sierra Leonean drummer. Unlike her half-sister Titiyo Yambalu Jah, who is also a celebrated singer, Cherry took the surname of her step father, jazz musician Don Cherry.

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).

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