January 6, 2020 – 6:12 am


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Belfast 2018 [no label, 1CD]

BBC Music Biggest Weekend. Main Stage, Titanic Slipways, Belfast, UK; May 26, 2018. Very good audio (ripped from HDTV webcast).

Elizabeth McGeown,

Neneh Cherry seems baffled by the Belfast audience, as they seem to be by her, at least for the first portion of her set. Beginning with ‘Manchild’, she cuts a still figure, stopping every now and then to turn a page on her notes which gives the performance a stilted edge. But after asking the audience repeatedly “Are you with me?” and getting a mixed response she realises and cracks a few jokes to dissolve the tension, motioning towards her notes and saying as she gets older, “it takes longer to learn new things”.

And we’re treated to a few new songs today, ‘Soldier’ is heavy on the harp repetition with glockenspiel soundscapes, ‘Shotgun Shack’ breaks the stillness and she raps in a spoken word style, owning the song in a way that turns the tide of respect in the crowd. The only artist today to mention the result of the Referendum For Repeal in Ireland the previous day - the results of which are appearing on social media as the concert unfolds - she dedicates ‘Woman’ to those women who don’t give up as we luxuriate in the sampled strings and trip-hop vibe. “We’ve prepared a little weird, like, jazzy thing” she tells us. “We just made this up last night” and just when we think she’s going to end on a brand new song we’re bathed in a reworking of ‘Buffalo Stance’ which requires a different key of singing that Cherry can’t quite find, but freestyles a new melody as she smiles wryly at us during the De La Soul-like jam.

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Track 01. Introduction 0:48
Track 02. Manchild 4:49
Track 03. Kong * 5:49
Track 04. Shotgun Shack * 7:06
Track 05. Soldier * 4:41
Track 06. Woman 7:36
Track 07. Buffalo Stance 3:41
35 mins

* Tracks from her 2018 album, Broken Politics.

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  1. 7 Responses to “NENEH CHERRY - BELFAST 2018”

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    By T J on Jan 7, 2020

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    By Drbabyhead on Jan 22, 2020

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