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Helen Folsade Adu
BORN: January 16, 1959, ADO-EKITI, Nigeria
Lovers Rock is the first collection of new work by Sade in eight years. But it's a record that says less about those years gone by than the promise and vitality of the here and now. It's an album that's by turns moving, elegiac and beautiful. Like the tender, acoustic guitar-driven first single, 'By Your Side', a song about the tensile strength of love, it is music stripped back to its essential elements: voice, melody, and meticulously arranged instrumentation. The result is a record of bare, sometimes startlingly, immediacy.
But then Helen Folasade Adu is a woman who has never had anything to hide. Born in Ibadan, Nigeria and raised in Colchester, Essex, where she moved at 4 after her English mother separated from her Nigerian father, she's spent her life trying to do what feels right, honest and true. Because by comparison nothing else has seemed as important. When she was growing up, Sade would listen to soul artists like Curtis Mayfield, Donny Hathaway and Marvin Gaye. Singers uniquely attuned to the complex sensibilities of heartache and hope, who were skilled enough to create from those feelings, something lasting and transcendent. Still she didn't think about singing herself.
Rather, she studied fashion at St Martin's art college, only signing on as vocalist when a couple of old school friends started a band "until they found a proper singer". From there to singing with early Eighties Latin funk collective Pride, she discovered a rare delight in songwriting. It was while she was with that group, Sade co-wrote 'Smooth Operator' with Ray St. John, and it was from there that Sade abandoned diffidence and finally stepped centre stage to form her own group with fellow Pride members Stuart Matthewman, Andrew Hale and Paul Spencer Denman.
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Phenomenal woman and world best female artist if all times | Reviewer: Tammie Batiste | 10/12/13
Sade music is real! She is very transparent through her music and God gifted talent , beauty and charisma . The music is the soul of her being , she sings songs that is real to life and the hope of a better world . I have seem her several times in the USA , my prayers and hopes that she will your again to Houston, Texas. My beloved late son Greg, he would be 27 years old if he was alive. I lost him in a war serving his country. I will never forgive when he was a teen he saved his money and brought me SADE ADU latest CD fir a Christmas gift, he and I loved to sing and dance to Sade incredible funky smooth classic beats. Now that I'm a grandmother Greg left me two beautiful grand babies, a Ms. Gavee is a dancer and she loves to sing , she too sings SADE music! Wow that's 3 generations of safe life if music and it will forever be a legacy that sade give to the world of the people who cherish her and honor her fir get great attributes she has released into the astomphere. You are a phenomenonal woman and gift to the world through your art and passion for realness. Love you and hope that I can't share a concert with my jewel Ms. Gavee one day before , my journey if life is complete . Shalom shalom always my real sister !
SADE IS FROM HEAVEN!! | Reviewer: MIKE N | 10/11/13
SADE I LOVE YOU!!!! YOU ARE SO BEAUTIFUL AND YOUR VOICE IS JUST AMAZING!!! I CAN'T GET ENOUGH, I LISTEN TO YOUR MUSIC EVERYDAY, AND THE BAND IS JUST AWESOME!!! SADE COME BACK!!! TO THE S.F. BAY AREA. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE GREAT MUSIC!!! HOPE TO HEAR MORE IN THE NEAR FUTURE.
SADE......WE LOVE YOU! | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/10/13
I didn't attend a concert, but I am 36yrs old, and have been a fan since I was the young tender age of eight yrs. Old. I grew up with my parents listening to her. I keep a copy of her greatest hits in my car...now it seems that I have passed the childhood memories down to my children, as my twenty year old daughter was listening to SADE yesterday, and said she loves her music, and remembers me playing it when she was little...SADE is one of the best of all times, as her muic touches the soul, and creates wonderful memories...we love you SADE ADU...
sade adu, still creating wonderful memories | Reviewer: Tequilla Alexander | 9/10/13
much love to one of the best women in the business...this is not a concert review, but a career review. I am 36yrs old, and have been a SADE fan since the tender age of eight. I remember my parents listening to her music when I was a little girl, and I loved it...i guess I have passed on the good childhood memories to my children, as my 20yr old daughter was listening to her music, she said she likes it, and remembers me playing it when she was growing up...i always keep a copy of her greatest hits in my car.her music can be felt in the soul when you play it...i refer to it as "feel good music"...will always be a fan, and passing the memories down, to the next generation....we love you SADE.
Sade: Still Awesome | Reviewer: Renea | 2/26/13
While stationed in the military in Berlin Germany I went to a Sade concert in the mid 80's. It was awesome. That was about 28 years ago. Sade was & still is a great artist. Her sultry voice still sound the same today. Sade you still have that unique persona & great features. I'm glad you keep it real and your music does not have to be censored. Hopefully young musicians of today will be inspired by your legacy. Keep up the good work Sade. God Bless...
I love SADE | Reviewer: Sweetdee | 12/6/12
I have embraced her music for many years it reachs my soul and touches my heart, her voice transport me to a peaceful area of Love. I receive her messages in her songs she will always be my favorite artist.
Falling in love since first hearing his voice | Reviewer: Ninoy | 9/29/12
For some reason ever since I was 14 years old until I was 44 years old now, I really like sade, especially unique voice. If you hear his voice I feel comfortable. I would open the CD album covers and more comfortable if you see sade eyes, very pretty ... i love sade, I adore you.. when it comes to Indonesia?
Sade is the " Sweetest Tabu"......... | Reviewer: Jcw001 | 8/27/12
I have been a fan of Sade since day one. Her music has always struck a wonderful chord with me. Her songwriting and vocal skills areunmatched. And her beauty like her music is timeless.
I love Sade | Reviewer: Aaron | 3/4/12
I am 30 and from the time I was about 7 I remember my parents playing Sade upstairs, and when I would walk upstairs it was also so cool, and relaxing, and pretty. I still have those memories to this day. I love Sade.
SADE, Thank You So Much! | Reviewer: Pamela | 9/23/11
I had the grandest opportunity afforded me when I attended your concert here in Louisville two weeks ago today. I am still in awe at the memory of your presence and those who accompanied you (Sade); and, I will probably be in awe for weeks to come. Thank you for so graciously sharing your Gift and doing it with much class, humility, and beauty that only Sade can convey. No one can compare. We Love you SOSOSO much, and hope to see you again. Be Safe and GOD Bless You and Yours.
Pure haven nothing but a gift OMG | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/11/11
Louisville,Kentucky Sade please come back. You Just memerized me with your voice .Please come back soon, we love you here in the Ville I have all of your music. You make people feel so close too you The people are still talking about you , your Band......Keep The Faith
In Grace you are! | Reviewer: Candace | 9/8/11
I must say this was my very first time seeing you Sade and the show was imaculent. I literally left out of that arena speechless...You truely carry such a precious Gift from Heaven in that voice of yours which is seemingly effortless to you. Continue to walk in your natural grace gift. The band was amazing, thank you for gracing Ontario, California with your presence! The atmosphere was definatley set just for you. God Bless you, and your family. Look to see you on the next occassion!
You are AMAZING | Reviewer: Marie | 8/3/11
I was born and raised in Jamaica and for as long as I can remember, I have been a fan. Your voice is amazing and I listen to your songs whether I am happy or sad. I now live in Atlanta and missed your concert there but I did the 4 hour drive to Charlotte just to see you. The concert was by far the best I have ever been to. If I die anytime now I can say I got my life long wish and that was to see the one person who I have dreamt of meeting my entire life. Thank you for being the greatest.
Five stars in Houston | Reviewer: Roslyn | 7/25/11
Sade I am one of your bigest fans. My housband and I attened your concert in houston SaturdayNight we can't stop talking about you. It was out of this world wonderful. Everyone had a great time. The hole arena was on fire with you trimendus preformance. May God bless and keep you and your family bless your band as well. I would like to say you could not have picked a better match than John Ledgen he too lite up the night Thank you both So hight is our theam song for my husband and I thanks again Peace and Love
Much respect and love | Reviewer: Katie | 7/22/11
Sade, New Orleans was so honored to have you here tonight. You lit up the night with your beautiful voice and smile. Thank you for bringing light yo our state. We love you and can't wait to see you again., it was truly remarkable and a night I will never forget. God bless you!! Love and Respect for such a beautiful woman..
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