Cameron McVey

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Cameron McVey
Birth name Cameron Andrew McVey
Also known as Booga Bear
Born 1957 (age 60–61)
Origin England
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, record producer

Cameron Andrew McVey[1] (born 11 March 1957),[2] also known as Booga Bear, is a British singer, songwriter and music producer, best known for his work with such musicians as Massive Attack, Portishead, All Saints, Sugababes, Mutya Keisha Siobhan and Neneh Cherry.

Early life[edit]

McVey grew up in Cockfosters, North London and was educated at Queen Elizabeth's Boys' School, Barnet.[3]


McVey started out as a member of the new wave band Bim in the early 1980s, in which he was the lead singer. The band released one album in 1982, Boobams Out! and seven singles from 1980 to 1982.

In 1986, as one half of duo Morgan-McVey, they released the single "Looking Good Diving", whose B-side "Looking Good Diving with the Wild Bunch" would later be reworked into Neneh Cherry's 1988 single "Buffalo Stance".

Virgin Souls[edit]

In 2003, McVey along with Paul Simm, Silvio Pacini and Neil Pearson released the self-produced album 162, under the name of Virgin Souls.


In 2006, McVey (under the name Burt Ford) along with Neneh Cherry, Matt Kent (aka Karmil) and Lolita Moon released the album Laylow, as a band called CirKus. In 2008, CirKus (with the same line-up) released their second album Medicine.[4]

Personal life[edit]

In 1983, McVey fathered a son, Marlon Roudette, with Vincentian artist and designer Vonnie Roudette.[5][6][7]

McVey met Neneh Cherry in 1987 at Heathrow Airport while they were en route to Japan as fashion models as part of London Designer Ray Petri's Buffalo Posse.[citation needed] The couple wed in 1990; they have two daughters.[8] One of their daughters is singer Mabel.[9] The family lived throughout Europe. In 1993, they moved near Málaga, Spain and lived there until 1999. Briefly in 1995, they lived in Brooklyn, New York, where they had purchased a home in the Park Slope neighborhood. Soon after moving in, the couple was held up at gunpoint and robbed by a teenage bandit.[citation needed] They headed back to London's Primrose Hill,[10] eventually migrating to Cherry's native Hässleholm, Sweden, living in the same schoolhouse-turned home (featured in the Homebrew album's artwork) where Cherry was raised.[10]

Albums produced[edit]

Neneh Cherry albums[edit]

Other works[edit]


  1. ^ "McVey profile,; retrieved 29 January 2012.
  2. ^ Birth record transcript
    Civil registration event: Birth
    Name: McVey, Cameron A
    Registration district: Wood Green
    County: Middlesex
    Year of registration: 1957
    Quarter of registration: Jul-Aug-Sep
    Mother's maiden name: Millward
    Volume no:5F
    Page no: 576
  3. ^ McVey profile,
  4. ^ "Cirkus: Laylower - PopMatters". 11 May 2008. 
  5. ^ Celestial, Miguel Paolo (22 May 2010). "El Bosquejo: Arena Homme Plus: Buffalo Stance, part 1". 
  6. ^ "Mattafix: Brit hip hop in Darfur". Cafebabel. 
  7. ^ Mattafix: Marlon Roudette profile
  8. ^ Neneh Cherry profile,
  9. ^
  10. ^ a b ""Outre risque"". Archived from the original on 2009-10-27. Retrieved 2010-10-08. , Neneh Cherry Homepage