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India.Arie: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Caroline Sullivan, The Guardian, 1 September 2006

INDIA ARIE is so personable that, on meeting her a few years ago, Nelson Mandela began the conversation by asking if she had a boyfriend. "I guess he was trying to put me at ease," she says, adding that they ended up discussing her "jerk" of an ex-partner — the same jerk who inspired her new album, Testimony, Vol 1: Life & Relationship.

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