Sia Covers Neneh Cherry’s ‘Manchild’ For New Tribute Album ‘The Versions’: Listen

In the late 80s and early 90s, Neneh Cherry was one of the coolest musicians in the world. Girl jazz legend Don Cherry, Neneh synthesized pop, rap, dance music and college rock into a seamless whole, snickering huge hooks and exhibiting huge levels of attitude even when she was the more vulnerable. Cherry only made a few albums in her heyday, but those albums left an impression. On a new album titled Versionsa bunch of other artists will pay homage to Cherry.

Last month, Neneh Cherry’s Swedish pop great Robyn covered the 1988 hit “Buffalo Stance,” with help from Mapei and Dev Hynes. Today, Cherry announced the imminent release of Versions, which will feature artists like ANOHNI, Jamila Woods and Sudan Archives taking tracks from Neneh Cherry. Today we hear Australian pop star Sia’s version of “Manchild,” the bittersweet 1989 ballad Cherry recorded with Nellee Hooper, Massive Attack’s 3D, and Cherry’s husband, Cameron “Booga Bear” McVey . Sia’s rendition of the song is fairly faithful; she does the rap verse and everything. In a press release, Sia shows her love to Neneh Cherry:

Neneh was my favorite artist when she came on the scene. I saved my pocket money for red Filas and dreamed that one day we would meet. When I was struggling with my mental health in my early twenties, I kind of ended up in their home where I was cared for like I was one of their own children. I called her husband on a suicide attempt, who had mentored me as an amazing music producer, and they gave me all the love I could ever want. I owe them a huge thank you and would sing “abc” to them if they asked me to. Neneh, my very first queen, Cameron my bonus daddy, I love you forever amen!

Below, check out Sia’s version of “Manchild,” the video for Neneh Cherry’s original, and the tracklist for Versions.

01 Robyn – “Buffalo Stance” (Feat. Mapei)
02 Sia – “Male Child”
03 ANOHNI – “Woman”
04 Greetea Peng – “Buddy X”
05 Jamila Wood – “Kootchi”
06 TYSON – “Sassy”
07 Sudan Archives – “Heart”
08 Seinabo Sey – “Kisses in the Wind”
09 Kelsey Lu – “Male Child”
10 “Buddy X (Honey Dijon Remix)”

Versions was released 6/10 on Republic.

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