Emeli Sande: Zambian Roots Influenced My Music

Emeli Sande has thanked her Zambian roots for influencing her musical talents…


The Heaven singer, whose mother is English and whose father is Zambian, grew up in the UK, but African culture largely influenced her during her childhood. She revealed:

“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.”

Emeli also admitted that growing up as a mixed race child in a white neighbourhood made her struggle to fit in and cites music as helping her to find her identity.