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Neneh Cherry

"Neneh Marianne Karlsson Cherry" (born March 10, 1964 in Stockholm) is a musician who blended hip hop with other influences to some mainstream success. Her mother is the painter and textile artist Moki Cherry, and her father is the African-Swedish musician Amahdu Jah. Her stepfather, Don Cherry, was an influential jazz musician, and her half-brother Eagle Eye Cherry is also a musician of some international fame while her sister Titiyo has had a career as a singer in Sweden.

Born as Neneh Mariann Karlsson, Cherry's mother was Moki Karlsson, an artist, and her biological father was Ahmadu Jah, a jazz musician from Sierra Leone. Neneh Cherry lived the first years of her life in the small Swedish town Hässleholm, before the family started following her stepfather on his tours. The Cherry family eventually settled into a small flat on East 9th Street in New York City. Neneh began performing after dropping out of school at 14 and moving to London, where she joined the punk rock band The Cherries.

Cherry moved through several bands, including New Age Steppers and Rip Rig & Panic (which included a guest spot on BBC sitcom ''The Young Ones'' in 1982), later Float Up CP. She b...

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