Neneh Cherry has achieved a lot in her 25+ years in the music industry and is widely considered as a true music icon. It’s hard to believe then that Neneh Cherry has never performed in Australia… That’s all set to change with the announcement of Cherry’s first ever Australian/NZ tour next year – and she couldn’t be more excited: “This is a deeply meaningful moment for me. I have a strong and lengthy attachment to many folks from your part of the World, so does my whole family. Whenever I have been through doing promo (in Australlasia), there has never quite been enough time to do some shows too, so this series of upcoming shows is LONG overdue!!! Should be a LOT of fun :-) ”
After a hiatus of 18 years Neneh Cherry released her 4th solo album ‘Blank Project’ in February 2014 to a chorus of praise for her creative reinvention. The record was hailed as a reinvigoration and a reminder of Neneh’s counter-cultural origins. Through summer 2014 she brought her acclaimed new live show around the world and now she is set to bring the new sound to Australia and New Zealand. ‘Blank Project’ was produced by Four Tet, Neneh’s voice backed by just two instruments, the skeletal drums and synth duo of RocketNumberNine AKA Ben and Tom Page. The result is a brooding backdrop that nods to anarchic free jazz, post-punk, sound system culture and the trip hop Neneh was so instrumental in incubating.
The live show is the unmissable product of this thrilling new creative chapter.
On the eve of her debut tour down under the label has also announced the release of a Deluxe Edition of ‘Blank Project’: “This is Smalltown Supersound, my label, playing mix tape compilers!!! It is the ‘Blank Project‘ album on one CD with all the best re-mixes on another, all in the same beautifully packaged collection! Buy one and bring it to a show & I’ll do me best to sign it! nxxx”. With the deluxe edition featuring remixes from an impressive list of electronic artists including Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard, Ricardo Villalobos, Cooly G and Loco Dice to name a few, its’ easy to see why Neneh Cherry 2014 and beyond is such an exciting prospect…
Saturday 28th February: Perth International Arts Festival Festival Gardens
Sunday 1st March: Perth International Arts Festival Festival Gardens
Tuesday 3rd March: Auckland Festival Spiegeltent
Wednesday 4th March: Wellington, St. James Cabaret
Friday 6th March: Melbourne, Hamer Hall
Saturday 7th March: Meredith, Golden Plains Festival
Sunday 8th March: Adelaide, Womedelaide
Monday 9th March: Adelaide, Womadelaide
Wednesday 11th March: Sydney Opera House Concert Hall.