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​Neneh Cherry receives the Ganneviks scholarship in music 2016

Pressmeddelande   •   Maj 02, 2016 19:47 CEST

Neneh Cherry will receive $61000 from Per Ganneviks foundation for cultural purposes for her achievements in the arts. The scholarship was awarded during a ceremony at the Kulturhuset City Theatre in Stockholm on Monday evening. It is the fourth year that Per Ganneviks foundation for cultural purposes awards five scholarships, according to the donor's will, to support artists who can be expected to be of great importance for the cultural heritage.

Scholarship Motivation

She is a living icon who always remained in the artistic forefront. She has constantly continued to develop musically and explore different expressions in a unique way. She is one of Sweden's greatest artists of the modern era, with an influence on contemporary pop culture that has no equivalent.

Per Ganneviks foundation for cultural purposes

2012 donated financier and art lover Per Gannevik about 60 million to the Arts. In accordance with the terms Testament was formed when Per Ganneviks foundation for cultural purposes. The Foundation's purpose is to support contemporary artists who can be expected to be of importance to cultural heritage. The fellows will be sought in the five areas of art which usually supports the Arts - art and design, music, theater, dance and film. The Foundation Board is in accordance with the statutes the same as the Swedish Arts Grants Committee's board.

About Neneh Cherry

Neneh Cherry was born in 1964 in Stockholm. She grew up in Skåne, but dropped out of school in Hässleholm and at the age of fourteen she moved to London to devote her life to music. She has lived in several other countries, but the London is her current place of residence.

Neneh Cherry came to the English music scene in the late punk era and was in several bands. After the punk period she moved on to rap music. Her solo career began in 1982 with the Stop the War, a protest song about the Falklands War. The single Buffalo Stance released reached a high position on the UK singles chart in 1988, it also reached the top of various US lists and became a worldwide hit. Other known Neneh Cherry Songs are Manchild (1989) and Woman (1996) and 7 Seconds (1994, together with Youssou N'Dour)

Neneh cherrry has released four solo albums: Raw like Sushi (1989), Homebrew (1992), Man (1996) and Space Project (2014), which was released after a long break under in her own name. Through her long career, she has also collaborated with numerous other artists and of multiple genres. Records released in other formats, for example, with Laylow (2006) and Medicine (2009), with the Circus and The Cherry Thing (2012) with the jazz group The Thing.

Previous awards and honors in the selection: Brit Award for Best International Artist 1990, MTV Europe Music Award for best song (7 Seconds) in 1994 and a Grammy Award for 2013. This year's jazz Neneh Cherry was elected to the Swedish Music Hall of Fame in 2015.

Press photos

Press photos are available on the Swedish Arts Grants Committee's website

Photographer: Johan Bergmark


For more information please contact:

Ann Larsson, Director at the Swedish Arts Grants Committee, +46 -8-50 65 50 80 or +46 -70-497 89 76,

Ann Traber, project manager, 08-50 65 50 66 or +46 -735-44 62 46,

Sara Henrikson, press officer for the year Gannevik scholarships, or +46 -72-734 73 59.

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