“For her first time in Australia, it would have been good to have some more of her older songs”, my friend said, as we made our way out of the Sydney Opera House tonight. I agree with that assessment. As much as I really do like her new material, it was classics like “Buffalo Stance” and (my personal favourite) “Manchild” that really got the audience excited.

I read with jealousy, Youssou N’Dour had joined her on stage at Womadelaide the other the day, performing their wonderful duet “7 Seconds”, and deep down I hoped he would have been there tonight also. It really is an amazing song.

But there again, Neneh Cherry is also an amazing performer. The show was full of energy and excitement, and even though she’s now 51 years old, retains a wonderful edginess. The drum and bass instrumentation of her latest work really worked for me, and I was amazed at both the sound, performance and graphical background to the show. I was also amazed at how good her voice is. In a 90-100 minute show, it never gave up.

Great stuff.

Written by James O'Brien

I am from Sydney, Australia. My passions include: radio (my job), travel, genealogy, music, art, theatre, food, wine, and learning Swedish.

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