Saffron (singer)

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Saffron performing with Republica at Guilfest 2012
Background information
Birth name Samantha Marie Sprackling
Also known as Saffron
Born (1968-06-03) 3 June 1968 (age 47)
Lagos, Nigeria
Genres Alternative rock, electronica
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1990–present
Associated acts Republica (lead vocalist)
N-Joi (singer/dancer)

Samantha Marie Sprackling (born 3 June 1968, Lagos, Nigeria) more commonly known as Saffron, is the lead singer of the electronica band Republica. She was also an actress at one point, performing for two years in Starlight Express in London,[1] and in the video for the Chesney Hawkes hit "The One and Only" and, as a dancer, in the video for N-Joi's single "Mindflux".

Following the breakup 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 and can be seen as Detective Sergeant Tessa Ruth in the 2014 UK gangster drama "Looters, Tooters and Sawn Off Shooters" (King Brothers Ltd)

During October and early November 2014, Saffron and Republica toured the UK in support of the Boomtown Rats "Ratlife" tour.

November 13, 2015 saw Saffron perform her debut solo show at the 100 Club, London, UK. She performed with guitarist Darren Beale (Boomtown Rats) and fellow singer Mel Sanson (Kenelis) in support of the only 2015 live appearance of the Birmingham-based all-girl rock band "We've Got A Fuzzbox And We're Gonna Use It".

Saffron is of Portuguese, Chinese and British descent.[citation needed]

Solo singles[edit]

  • "One Love" (1992)
  • "Circles" (1993)
  • "World of You" (1993)


  1. ^ "The facts behind the Starlight". BBC. 11 January 2002. Retrieved 4 January 2010.