Influential Swedish rapper, singer and artist Neneh Cherry turns 55

She rose to fame during the late 1980’s with the smash hit “Buffalo Stance”

Influential Swedish rapper, singer and artist Neneh Cherry turns 55

Neneh Cherry was born on March 10, 1964, in Stockholm, Sweden, Cherry’s mother married the influential American jazz musician Don Cherry, who helped raise Cherry since birth. Cherry took her stepfather’s surname. Cherry rose to fame during the late 1980’s as one of the most popular female rappers. Her debut album “Raw Like Sushi”, released in 1989, including the worldwide hit “Buffalo Stance”, which reached No.3 on the UK singles charts in 1989. Cherry was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1990 in the Best New Artist Category; she lost out to Milli Vanilli, who later had their Grammy revoked when it was discovered that they had not performed on their recording. She won a Brit Award in 1990 for “Raw Like Sushi”. Cherry’s second album was 1992’s “Homebrew”. It was not as commercially successful as its predecessor however it produced the hits “Buddy X” and “Trout” ( which features additional vocals by R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe who helped to co-write the track along with Cherry). The music video for “Buddy X” earned Neneh Cherry an MTV VMA nomination at the ceremony in 1993 for the Best Female Video category, alongside Janet Jackson, Annie Lennox, and K.D. Lang. Her successful third album “Man” was released in 1996, however, it benefited from the previously released hit single “7 Seconds”, featuring Youssou N’Dour, released in 1994, and also included “Trouble Man” a cover of a Marvin Gaye track and “Woman”, her take on James Brown’s 1966 track “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World.”Cherry remains an active and successful artist and since the 1990’s that she hasn’t stopped releasing new music and projects, She’s the sister of Eagle-Eye Cherry, who scored a hit in 1997 with “Save Tonight”. Today Neneh Cherry turns 55.

Look back at the 1989 music video for Neneh Cherry’s hit “Buffalo Stance”



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