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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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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..
Sophisticated, Talented & Beautiful | Reviewer: Karen | 7/18/11
Your concert in Orlando was the Best I concert I Have EVER seen in my life. Sade is truly a Lady in Every sense of the word. I have always loved you work and always will. Thank You Sade and Band Members for making last night memorable.
Columbua Ohio concert July 10/2011 | Reviewer: Mallory | 7/11/11
Sade you are awesome. The concert was nothing short of astonishing. I don't know of any other words to describe it. I am young but not that young ..but your songs speak of love..having loved and lost and what love should be like. Thank You for making genuine music. From Pearl. To. King of Sorrow. Your music speaks volumes and I thank you.
SADE: An Angel | Reviewer: Camille Favale | 6/24/11
Just returned from your concert at Izod Arena in New Jersey. You are truly an angel that we have been given the privilege of seeing and hearing perform. May you continue to sing and move as beautifully as you did in your concert tonight. I am in total awe of your talent. In a class by yourself - CLASSY!
OMG | Reviewer: Vernetta Linton | 6/17/11
I attended the Sade concert in Baltimore, Maryland on June 16th which kicked off her U. S. Tour in 2011. It's hard to describe the concert but a feeble attempt would be to say that it was awesome, off the hook, the best I've ever seen, tremendous. She is definitely one of a kind; unique, sexy but still a lady, and a superstar talent. I loved her show. Her band is awesome as well.
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