1995 - "Making HIStory" Photo Book Interview PDF Print E-mail


On his admiration for Brazilian people (he also shot the video for single "They Don’t Care About Us" there):

"I love the Brazilian people, I feel for them in the same way that I feel for the Indians and Africans. There’s a lot of poverty in Brazil, and I remember going there for the first time kind of left my heart…- you know, there’s bits of my heart in different countries around the world in which I travel - and I have a lot of heart for those people. Have you ever been to Brazil?  [...] It’s amazing. The people are so sweet and they were so happy to see me. You know, they were overwhelmed with excitement and I was happy to be there for them. I wish I could do more – I just feel so bad that I don’t do enough, I really do."

On single "They Don’t Care About Us":

"'They Don't Care About Us' has an edge and [director] Spike Lee approached me. It’s a public awareness song, and that's what he is all about. It’s a protest kind of song – it’s not a racist song, it’s an anti-racist song and I thought he was perfect for it."

On the importance of money from his perspective:

“I guess it gets things done… to fulfil some dreams you need some financial backing. However, I think everything starts with a thought, like if you plant a seed which then cultivates itself, everything comes out of that. I never really thought about it when I was little. I always felt that I was compelled to do the things I did, I really did.”

On whether it is difficult to relate to the needs and the pain of others:

“No. No, not at all. Being a world traveler, I’m touched and moved by everything that happens, especially to children. It gets me emotionally sick and I go through a lot of pain when I see that type of pain. I can’t pretend as if I don’t see it. It affects me very much. For some reason, there’s a certain part of my concert where I break down in every show and in that spot I get a certain thought – I think of the plight of the children and it gets me every time. I don’t know why in that place. It’s during ‘I’ll Be There’, the thoughts just come to me and I try hard to contain myself.”