Emeli Sandé has spoken about the struggles of growing up as mixed-race person in the conservative area of Aberdeenshire where she grew up.
The highly acclaimed singer moved to the village of Alford in Aberdeenshire when she was just four years old. She said that her Zambian born father, white mother and the rest of the family had to accept they were never going to fit in, in such a conservative area. She told The Sun:
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. 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.
Sandé has dedicated a track called Mountains from her forthcoming debut album Our Version Of Events to her parents.
The whole song is about really finding something you’re going to stick with through everything… They’re from different races and from a really poor background but gave me and my sister really great opportunities in life.