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Saffron performing with Republica at Guilfest 2012
|Birth name||Samantha Marie Sprackling|
|Also known as||Saffron|
3 June 1968 |
Samantha Marie Sprackling (born 3 June 1968, Lagos, Nigeria) more commonly known as Saffron, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, actress and the lead singer of the electronica band Republica. She was also performing for two years in Starlight Express in London, and in the music video for the Chesney Hawkes hit, "The One and Only", and as a dancer, in the music video for N-Joi's single, "Mindflux".
Following the break-up of Republica, she worked with The Cure, appearing on the track, "Just Say Yes". She had previously been the featured vocalist on N-Joi's 1990 single, "Anthem"; The Prodigy'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.
In addition to her musical career, Saffron has recently been making a return to acting.
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 saw Saffron perform on her debut solo show at the 100 Club, London, United Kingdom. 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 many 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 (session/touring legend) on saxophone/horns and Josh Collins (Reverbed) on drums. The lineup also usually includes Mel Sanson (Auxesis) on backing vox and rhythm guitar and Darren Beale (Boomtown Rats) on guitar. The full band debuted at Polyfest 3 playing a mix of Xray Spex classics and Republica hits.
- "One Love" (1992)
- "Circles" (1993)
- "World of You" (1993)
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