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"I only make records when I feel I have something to say. I'm not interested in releasing music just for the sake of selling something. Sade is not a brand."

-Helen Folasade Adu

It's 2017 and if there is one word that needs to be retired, it is BRAND! With the rise of influence via social media, current artists rely more on their image than their actual content. Which is why it is so refreshing to shift my lens to the legendary Sade! She is one of few artists that prides herself on being anti-fame! At 58, Sade has yet to let her guard down with the industry. Her interviews date back to the early 80's when she first arrived on the scene. The way she tells it her musical career was unintentional. She set out to be a menswear designer and as fate would have it she was asked to join her friends on stage after their lead singer went MIA. Decades later and she is the gift that keeps on giving. Her sophisticated writing and contralto vocals have made a multitude of classic records. When asked about her musical influences Sade credits Gil Scott Heron, Billie Holiday, Timmy Thomas and many other great black artists. Along with her distinguished sound is her iconic look. Her neatly styled ponytail, red lips and finely shaped brows are synonymous with her legacy. Sade credits her beauty to that of her Nigerian father & his mother. Her effortless style, egoless persona & mesmeric voice have all paved the way for her longevity. Sade's been in the game for over 3o years! With over 75 million records sold and a host of awards the reserved icon has made no mention of another album. And to be fair she has given us more than enough. With classics like, Lovers Rock, Promise & Diamond Life, Sade's music is just as pure as the ears that hear it for the first time. It's solidarity and genuineness will always reflect her true nature which is a solider of love!

Sade (pronounced SHAR-day) you are forever melinade!

" When I was young, people were almost identified solely by the kind of music they liked. People fell into categories of who liked what."

-Sade
 

" I don't like looking outrageous!"

-Sade
 

"I always said that if I could just find a guy who could chop wood and had a nice smile, it wouldn't bother me if he was a thug or an aristocrat, as long as he was a good guy. And I've ended up with an educated thug."

-Sade
 

"Whatever I'm doing, I'm in that moment and I'm doing it. The rest of the world's lost. If I'm cooking some food or making soup, I want it to be lovely. If not, what's the point of doing it"

-Sade
 

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