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Samantha Marie Sprackling (born 3 June 1968), commonly known as Saffron, is a Nigerian-English singer, songwriter, actress and the lead singer of the electronica band Republica. She also performs solo and appeared in London's Starlight Express for two years.

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Saffron performing with Republica in San Antonio, Texas in 1996
Background information
Birth nameSamantha Marie Sprackling
Also known asSaffron
Born (1968-06-03)3 June 1968 (age 53)
Lagos, Nigeria
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • actress
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • tambourine
  • guitar
Years active1989–present
Associated acts

Contents

Saffron was born in Lagos, Nigeria. Her mother was half Chinese and half Portuguese. She began singing with N-Joi (their featured vocalist on their 1990 single, "Anthem") and the Shamen, and Jah Wobble. She appeared in the music video for the Chesney Hawkes 1991 hit, "The One and Only", and as a dancer in the music video for N-Joi's single "Mindflux". She met Republica keyboard players Tim Dorney and Andy Todd by 1995, and they started writing songs after recruiting a guitarist and drummer.

After Republica disbanded in 2001 (reforming in 2008), Saffron worked with the band The Cure, appearing on the track, "Just Say Yes". She had previously featured on the Prodigy's cover of L7's "Fuel My Fire" (from their 1997 album, The Fat of the Land); Deepsky's "Smile" (from the 2002 album, In Silico); Jeff Beck's "Pork-U-Pine" (from the 2003 album, Jeff) and Junkie XL's songs, "Crusher", "Spirits", and "Beauty Never Fades" (from his 2003 album, Radio JXL: A Broadcast From the Computer Hell Cabin).

In 2010, Republica reformed and released a re-recording of their 1996 hit, "Ready to Go" on 7 June 2010. During early October and November 2014, Saffron and Republica toured the United Kingdom in support of The Boomtown Rats "Ratlife" tour.

On 13 November 2015, Saffron performed her debut solo show at the 100 Club, London. She performed with guitarist Darren Beale and fellow singer Mel Sanson. She continues to tour both with Republica and with her solo show, which incorporates special guests.

In April 2016, Saffron assembled a full solo band consisting of Tony Feedback (Angelic Upstarts, Sham 69, Urban Dogs, UK Subs) on guitar, Piers Gielgud (Meat Beat Manifesto) on bass, Brad Walkhouse on saxophone/horns and Josh Collins (Reverbed) on drums. The lineup also occasionally includes Darren Beale (Boomtown Rats) on guitar. The band debuted at Polyfest 3 playing a mix of X-ray Spex classics and Republica hits.

In 2013 she said her favourite bands were The Stone Roses, The Prodigy, Happy Mondays, Screaming Trees, Pearl Jam, Hole, Luscious Jackson, Leftfield, Gene and Pulp.

Solo singles

  • "One Love" (1992)
  • "Circles" (1993) UK #60
  • "World of You" (1993)
  1. "The facts behind the Starlight". BBC. 11 January 2002. Retrieved4 January 2010.
  2. "Electronica's siren is back – with kung fu moves". The Independent. 12 March 2013. Retrieved16 November 2019.
  3. "Republica | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved17 May 2020.
  4. "Saffron from Republica reminisces about the 90s". YouTube. 22 April 2013. Retrieved17 May 2020.


Saffron (singer)
Saffron singer Language Watch Edit This biography of a living person needs additional citations for verification Please help by adding reliable sources Contentious material about living persons that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediately especially if potentially libelous or harmful Find sources Saffron singer news newspapers books scholar JSTOR May 2020 Learn how and when to remove this template message Samantha Marie Sprackling born 3 June 1968 commonly known as Saffron is a Nigerian English singer songwriter actress and the lead singer of the electronica band Republica She also performs solo and appeared in London s Starlight Express for two years 1 SaffronSaffron performing with Republica in San Antonio Texas in 1996Background informationBirth nameSamantha Marie SpracklingAlso known asSaffronBorn 1968 06 03 3 June 1968 age 53 Lagos NigeriaGenresAlternative rockelectronicOccupation s SingersongwriteractressInstrumentsVocalstambourineguitarYears active1989 presentAssociated actsRepublicaN Joi Contents 1 Early life and career 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Discography 4 1 Solo singles 5 ReferencesEarly life and career EditSaffron was born in Lagos Nigeria Her mother was half Chinese and half Portuguese 2 She began singing with N Joi their featured vocalist on their 1990 single Anthem and the Shamen and Jah Wobble She appeared in the music video for the Chesney Hawkes 1991 hit The One and Only and as a dancer in the music video for N Joi s single Mindflux She met Republica keyboard players Tim Dorney and Andy Todd by 1995 and they started writing songs after recruiting a guitarist and drummer 3 Career EditAfter Republica disbanded in 2001 reforming in 2008 Saffron worked with the band The Cure appearing on the track Just Say Yes She had previously featured on the Prodigy s cover of L7 s Fuel My Fire from their 1997 album The Fat of the Land Deepsky s Smile from the 2002 album In Silico Jeff Beck s Pork U Pine from the 2003 album Jeff and Junkie XL s songs Crusher Spirits and Beauty Never Fades from his 2003 album Radio JXL A Broadcast From the Computer Hell Cabin In 2010 Republica reformed and released a re recording of their 1996 hit Ready to Go on 7 June 2010 During early October and November 2014 Saffron and Republica toured the United Kingdom in support of The Boomtown Rats Ratlife tour On 13 November 2015 Saffron performed her debut solo show at the 100 Club London She performed with guitarist Darren Beale and fellow singer Mel Sanson She continues to tour both with Republica and with her solo show which incorporates special guests In April 2016 Saffron assembled a full solo band consisting of Tony Feedback Angelic Upstarts Sham 69 Urban Dogs UK Subs on guitar Piers Gielgud Meat Beat Manifesto on bass Brad Walkhouse on saxophone horns and Josh Collins Reverbed on drums The lineup also occasionally includes Darren Beale Boomtown Rats on guitar The band debuted at Polyfest 3 playing a mix of X ray Spex classics and Republica hits Personal life EditIn 2013 she said her favourite bands were The Stone Roses The Prodigy Happy Mondays Screaming Trees Pearl Jam Hole Luscious Jackson Leftfield Gene and Pulp 4 Discography EditSolo singles Edit One Love 1992 Circles 1993 UK 60 World of You 1993 References Edit The facts behind the Starlight BBC 11 January 2002 Retrieved 4 January 2010 Electronica s siren is back with kung fu moves The Independent 12 March 2013 Retrieved 16 November 2019 Republica Biography amp History AllMusic Retrieved 17 May 2020 Saffron from Republica reminisces about the 90s YouTube 22 April 2013 Retrieved 17 May 2020 This biographical article about a British singer is a stub You can help Wikipedia by expanding it vte Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Saffron singer amp oldid 1045205436, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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