Sade Is 60

Happy Birthday to the Godmother of Sophisti-Pop

Sade Adu
Born Helen Folasade Adu on January 16, 1959 to a Nigerian economics professor and an English nurse, Sade has remained the very definition of grace, poise, elegance and truth throughout her four decades in pop music.
Stronger Than Pride-era Sade

Supported by her incredible band otherwise known as Sweetback, Sade has not only given us a string of timeless hits like “Smooth Operator,” “The Sweetest Taboo,” “By Your Side” and “Soldier of Love” these last 36 years. She and her group have also awarded us with classic albums attached to those smashes that continue to inspire a whole new generation of talent who might have discovered their parents’ old copy of Diamond Life or Stronger Than Pride in an old crate of “vinyls,” as the kids like to say. The blend of jazz, soul and sizzle that punctuates all five albums remains as ageless as the singer herself.

Sade hasn’t released a new album since 2010, offering us only one song–“Flower of the Universe” from the soundtrack to the Disney film adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle In Time–but we can only hope the Godmother of Sophisti-Pop and her band will surprise us Beyonce style in honor of her 60th birthday, to which we celebrate by sharing the classic soundclash conspired by the metal faced villain of hip-hop, MF Doom.

Happy Birthday, Sade Adu. We love you.


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Ron Hart

Ron Hart is the Editor-in-Chief of Rock and Roll Globe. Reach him on Twitter @MisterTribune.

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