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Rowetta Idah (b. 5 January 1966) also known as Rowetta Satchell or simply Rowetta is a British singer. She is best known for her work with the Happy Mondays and for being the last woman standing, finishing fourth, in the first series of The X Factor in 2004.

Role in Gorillaz

Rowetta joined Gorillaz on the Song Machine Tour in 2021 where she performed the track DARE from Gorillaz' album Demon Days along with Shaun Ryder. Vocals on DARE were originally performed by British singer Roses Gabor.

Musical Career

In 1990 Rowetta joined the band Happy Mondays. She was featured on their single Step On, followed by two albums, Pills 'n' Thrills and Bellyaches and Yes Please!, and three world tours. The group split for good in 2000. In 2004 when she auditioned for a place in the finals of The X Factor and performed Lady Marmalade. She was criticised many tims for competing as an established singer against amateurs. In 2005, Rowetta released an album on Gut Records. In 2006, Rowetta had a cameo as herself in Footballer's Wives:Extra Time. A year later, she made her musical theatre debut at the Palace Theatre, Manchester in The Best of Broadway, alongside Suranne Jones, and appeared at the IndigO2. She provided vocals for the Cornershop single Wop The Groove in 2006. Rowetta recorded vocals for a track on the debut album by Peter Hook's band Freebass in 2008. Rowetta rejoined the Happy Mondays in 2012 with the full original lineup. A tour followed and a new album and world tour were planned for 2013. In 2011, Rowetta recorded with Peter Hook and the Light, Mirror People and the Kino Club. On 18 May 2015, she performed with the Light for their 35th anniversary of the death of Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis. In 2015, Rowetta toured again with the Happy Mondays for their 25-year anniversary of the album Pills 'n' Thrills and Bellyaches.

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