Sade , byname of Helen Folasade Adu , born January 16, , Ibadan , Nigeria , Nigerian-born British singer known for her sophisticated blend of soul , funk , jazz , and Afro-Cuban rhythms. Adu, who was born to a Nigerian economics professor and an English nurse, was never addressed by people in her community by her English first name, Helen. Her parents began calling her Sade, a shortened form of her Yoruba middle name, Folasade. When she was four years old, her parents separated, and she moved with her mother and younger brother to Essex , England. At age 17 Sade began a three-year program in fashion and design at Central St. After graduating, she modeled and worked as a menswear designer.
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Sade in the mirror, By Jacob Bernstein. Not long ago, a tattoo shop in Brooklyn got a bad review on Yelp. A customer was angry — not about his new ink, but about the soundtrack that accompanied his trip there. Before record stores neared extinction, Sade was often stocked in the easy listening section. But then and now, Sade had an appeal that lifted it far above the slush pile of schlock.
She has been credited as one of the most successful British female artists in history, and is often recognised as an influence on contemporary music. Born in Ibadan , Nigeria, but brought up in Essex , England, Sade gained modest recognition as a fashion designer and part-time model, prior to joining the band Pride in the early s. After gaining attention as a performer, she formed the band Sade, and secured a recording contract with Epic Records in The band then released the album Diamond Life a year later, which became one of the best-selling albums of the era, and the best-selling debut ever by a British female vocalist.