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Courtney Pine: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

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"I think you have to have something in common. Zoe Rahman, for example, is somebody who has a Bangladeshi background. Her dad is from Bangladesh. So she also finds it important to use her culture as a source of inspiration. So we're able to relate on that level very easy. She also came in on an album I did called Europa. As well as having Bangladeshi roots, she's a well over-qualified classical musician. She hides that quite well. So she has that side, but she's a serious jazz musician as well.

"So for me it's important to collaborate with people who have a similar goal, a similar aim. It's the intention—what are you trying to do with this gift called music? You still find some people doing it for money, some people are doing it to be Elvis Presley—to be famous. But some people are really trying to help people. Music is supposed to be medicine, a positive thing. I understand there are negative people in the world, people who want to build walls and let others pay for it. There's people out there who wear hoods, pillows over their heads. There's people who pick on minorities. There is genuine evil in all walks of life. But I definitely want to be positive and I definitely want to bring people together to stop this negativity."

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