Neneh Cherry, Brit Punk, and the Falklands War Link

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Every Wednesday, Douglas Wolk explores the people, places and coincidences that tie disparate musicians together.

Neneh Cherry’s first album in 15 years or so came out this week: The Cherry Thing, a collaboration with the Scandinavian free-jazz trio the Thing, built around a set of covers. Some of the songs they perform are by artists with whom they have direct connections –“Golden Heart” was written by Cherry’s father, the jazz cornetist Don Cherry, and “What Reason” is by his frequent collaborator Ornette Coleman. Others are a lot more unlikely, especially a version of Madvillain’s hip-hop track “Accordion.” Here’s the video, for which Cherry was filmed in darkness for a creepy green-screen effect.

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