Emeli Sande Talks Childhood Racism: 'I Was Never Going To Fit In'

Family moved to conservative community

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Emeli Sande Talks Childhood Racism: 'I Was Never Going To Fit In'
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Emeli Sande has discussed the prejudice she received as a child, as part of the first non-white family in a conservative community.

In 1992, at the age of four, she moved to the small village of Alford in Aberdeenshire with her Zambia-born father and white mother.

Speaking to The Sun, she said: "People would say things that perhaps you shouldn't say - but then again we were the first non-white family in the village. We were obviously very different to everyone else and I was never really going to fit in."

The 'Next To Me' singer continued: "But my mum and dad had it worse. They met each other in Sunderland in the '80s. As an interracial couple, they had it hard.

"They had to really battle just to be together back then, so I just thought I wasn't going to complain. I kind of got on with it because I knew it could have been a lot worse."

She also explained that one of the songs from her Our Version Of Events LP, 'Mountains', is dedicated to her family.

She said: "The whole song is about really finding something you're going to stick with through everything," she said. "They're from different races and from a really poor background but gave me and my sister really great opportunities in life.

"They always encouraged me with my education but they also knew I wanted to be a musician," she said. "I kept nagging them about getting piano lessons but they just wanted me to protect myself.  They were worried about me entering the music industry because, you know, it's a dangerous world."

Our Version Of Events is out on Monday.

Emeli Sande on stage


Emeli Sande