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Kelis admits experiencing motherhood has helped her learn to enjoy making music again - and has given her a reason to work hard.

She tells the New Zealand Herald, "(Having a baby) is the epitome of life, it's fun and exciting, and I'm happy in my life, I feel really blessed, so to me it's just about what feels good and about making this (music) fun again.

"So I enjoy the music that I'm making now, I make my own schedule and I think having a child gives you a reason to work hard, whereas before it was like, 'Why am I doing this?'.

"Being a mum is the best job I have (but) I think it's really important to keep your own identity, because it is really easy to get swallowed up and pulled in every direction."