Sweet Baboo is Stephen Black, a native of the North Wales countryside and a single-minded and idiosyncratic singer who possesses an ear for a sparkling melody, a restless soul, and a gift for a deft lyrical turn; from darkly funny to piercingly tender, twinklingly boastful to deliciously self-deprecating. Following the release of his third album, I'm a Dancer/Songs About Sleeping, nominated for the Welsh Music Prize. Black returned in 2011 with his latest EP - Girl Under A Tree.
With a myriad of influences taking in The Beach Boys, Daniel Johnston and Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci, Girl Under A Tree is characterised by tales of girls, loss, adventure and drinking.
Over the last twelve months Sweet Baboo has played at Latitude, Green Man, SXSW and The Camden Crawl, as well as touring Germany with Johnny Flynn and the UK with Islet and Slow Club. He has also been invited to record sessions for BBC 6 Music's Marc Riley, Huw Stephens and Stuart Maconie. Notably, Black's song How I'd Live My Life (AKA The Bumblebee Song) soundtracked a series of TV spots for the Visit Wales tourist board campaign in 2010.
Black's productivity is all the more remarkable given his extra-curricular activities, which have seen him working with an ever-growing array of musicians. This year alone Black has played on albums by Cate Le Bon, Slow Club and H. Hawkline, and has been a regular part of the touring line-ups for all three bands. He has also performed with and produced Euros Childs, The Pictish Trail, The Voluntary Butler Scheme and Spencer McGarry Season and collaborated onstage and in the studio with Gruff Rhys.
2012 will see Black record his fourth full length album tentatively titled Ships with long time collaborator The Voluntary Butler Scheme before setting off on a world tour as part of the Slow Club touring band.