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The quirkily named Sweet Baboo is in fact the alias of Welsh singer/songwriter Stephen Black. Born in the rural village of Trefriw, Wales, Black's interaction with music was forged largely through his elder brothers, who introduced him to artists such as the Beatles and Guns N' Roses. He's been hooked on music and writing songs ever since. For a short time he joined rock/pop outfit JT Mouse before he decided to go it alone and began writing his own brand of psychedelic-laced, country-folk music. He was never afraid to explore his diverse pop influences such as the Beach Boys, the Monkees, Weezer, and Neutral Milk Hotel, while putting his own songs together; he requested a 4-track recorder one Christmas to craft his own melodies. Black's debut album, Mighty Baboo, came in 2008 after a clutch of self-released singles and an EP, C'mon Let's Permoose (2004) had appeared a few years earlier. The Welshman then signed to Cardiff-based indie label Shape for his next two records, I'm a Dancer/Songs About Sleepin' (2010) and Girl Under a Tree (2011). His sophomore album, I'm a Dancer/Songs About Sleepin', received critical acclaim and was nominated for the first edition of the Welsh Music Prize in 2011 which he eventually lost to Gruff Rhys. Black was then signed to Moshi Moshi Records in 2012 and in early 2013, a psychedelic, cat-inspired video appeared for his single "Let’s Go Swimming Wild."

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2003 in Wales, UK

Years Active:

'00s, '10s