A Beginner’s Guide to Neneh Cherry’s Essential Songs

Hard Wax's Finn Johannsen counts down some of the best tunes by Swedish icon Neneh Cherry, from her days in the Slits to her recent LPs.

Neneh Cherry’s sonic repertoire has never settled into a predictable pattern, and over a career that has spanned over three decades she has dabbled in jazz, funk, rock, rap and techno. The multitalented Swedish artist cut her teeth with post-punk groups the Slits and Rip, Rig & Panic before mounting an impressive career that’s included collaborations with free jazz trio the Thing, legendary Senegalese singer Youssou N’Dour, Massive Attack and Four Tet. EB was lucky enough to catch her recent live performance in Berlin for Pop-Kultur Festival—see video from that performance here—which sent us down memory lane, so we asked Rewind columnist Finn Johannsen to compile Cherry’s most iconic tracks over the years.

Cover photo via Neneh Cherry’s website.


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