Happy Monday, Everyone. This week, the incomparable SADE.
Helen Folasade Adu, OBE (Yoruba: Fọláṣadé Adú; born 16 January 1959), better known as Sade (/ʃɑːˈdeɪ/ shah-DAY), is a British singer-songwriter, composer, and record producer. She first achieved success in the 1980s as the frontwoman and lead vocalist of the Brit and Grammy Award-winning group Sade. She has been nominated six times for the Brit Award for Best British Female. In 2002, she received an OBE from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace for services to music, and she dedicated her award to “all black women in England.” In 2012, Sade was listed at number 30 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Women In Music. Sade has a contralto vocal range.
Sade was born in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. Her middle name, Folasade, means “honour confers your crown”. Her parents, Adebisi Adu, a Nigerian lecturer in economics of Yoruba background, and Anne Hayes, an English district nurse, met in London, married in 1955 and moved to Nigeria. Later, when the marriage ran into difficulties, Anne Hayes returned to England, taking four-year-old Leaving Sade and her older brother Banji to live with her parents. Later on Sade and her brother lived with their grandparents just outside Colchester, Essex. When Sade was 11, she moved to Holland-on-Sea, Essex to live with her mother, and after completing school at 18 she moved to London and studied at Saint Martin’s School of Art.
While in college, she joined a soul band, Pride, in which she sang backing vocals. Her solo performances of the song “Smooth Operator” attracted the attention of record companies and in 1983, she signed a solo deal with Epic Records taking three members of the band, Stuart Matthewman, Andrew Hale and Paul Denman, with her. Sade and her band produced the first of a string of hit albums. Sade’s debut album, Diamond Life, was released in 1984, reaching No. 2 in the UK Album Chart, selling over 1.2 million copies in the UK, and won the Brit Award for Best British Album in 1985. The album was also a hit internationally, reaching No. 1 in several countries and the top ten in the US where it has sold in excess of 4 million copies. In late 1985, Sade released their second album, Promise, which peaked at No. 1 in both the UK and the US. It was certified double platinum in the UK, and quadruple platinum in the US. In 1986 the band won a Grammy Award for Best New Artist. In 2010, The Sunday Times named her the most successful solo British female artist in history.
In 2002, she appeared on the Red Hot Organization’s Red Hot and Riot, a compilation CD in tribute to the music of fellow Nigerian musician, Fela Kuti. She recorded a remix of her hit single, “By Your Side”, for the album and was billed as a co-producer.
Pass the Democracy for All amendment!
When senators return to Washington on September 8, they will vote on the Democracy for All constitutional amendment to get big, special interest money out of our politics. The vote is already scheduled for that very afternoon.mip
Now that senators are home for their August vacation, they need to hear from you! If you’re able, consider printing a copy of the letter and hand-delivering it directly to your senator’s state office, too.
Email your senator and tell them to vote for S.J. Res. 19 – the Democracy for All constitutional amendment!