Neneh Cherry sets sights on Portsmouth charity DJ set

Neneh Cherry is coming to Portsmouth to DJ at a charity show
Neneh Cherry is coming to Portsmouth to DJ at a charity show
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SHE IS best remembered for her 1988 smash hit Buffalo Stance and now star singer-songwriter Neneh Cherry is coming to Portsmouth to performing a charity show.

She told The News she hopes to make it a regular fixture.

Neneh will perform at the Wedgewood Rooms in Albert Road, Southsea.

She will take to the decks and DJ for the night.

She said: ‘What I love about the venue is it has a warmth and intimacy about it. It’s going to be an amazing night.

‘It’s going to be a party and we have a posse of DJs who will be playing a mix of sounds.

‘I will also be playing music and I will be playing some old-school music, as well as hip-hop, funk and soul. I want to bring fun to the night and make sure people have smiles on their faces.’

Neneh performed at the Wedgewood Rooms in February this year where she held a run-through of her latest album Blank Project.

It has been 18 years since she last released a solo album.

She added: ‘Portsmouth is a place I’m familiar with and I like I’m going back to the place I played a gig for my latest album – it would be great to come back on a regular basis.’

The gig is being held to raise money for Southsea-based Arms Around A Child charity.

It helps children in India and South Africa, dealing with HIV and Aids, and dealing with sexual abuse.

Ellie Milner is the charity’s director, and she started it up six years ago.

She said: ‘I have known Neneh for about 30 years when I was working with her management team.

‘It’s how I got involved with the charity, which was first called Keep A Child Alive.

‘Another person in the team worked with Keep A Child Alive in the US.

‘I brought it to the UK before changing the name to Arms Around The Child.

‘The idea is we not only help children stay alive, but protect them too.

‘Fundraising is important and that’s why we are holding this gig.

‘Money from the ticket sales will go towards the charity.’

The gig takes place on Saturday from 9.30pm, tickets cost £8 per person.

To find out more, visit wedgewood-rooms.co.uk