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Emili Sande Found Herself In Music

Emili SandeAnd her African roots were a big influence.

Scottish singer Emili Sande who is the daughter of a Zambian father and an English mother recently told the Sunday Times Magazine how her African culture had a huge influence on her musical style.

'At home, Dad always spoke of a relative in Zambia, either his auntie or his grandmother, who used to go into these musical trances. She'd be busy cooking and then suddenly start singing.'

'He'd say I reminded him of her because I'd start singing and that would be it until the end of the night. So I feel that side of me comes from my Zambian ancestry.'

Emili, who recently performed at the Olympic Games closing ceremony also stated how music had helped her as she struggled to fit in to the predominately white neighbourhood she grew up in.

'I was brought up in a village called Alford and apart from my sister; there was nobody else there who looked like me. We didn't experience racism or bullying, or anything like that, but I was aware of my difference and it took me a long time to work out where I fitted in. I think I found a lot of my identity in music.'

'People knew you in the village, but any surrounding place you'd go to, you became a spectacle. People would stare and it felt like a big thing.'

Well now Emili people will be staring at you because you're a star!

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