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Happy 65th Birthday, Sade!

Updated: Jan 22

Celebrating her 65th birthday today, Sade's timeless voice and soulful melodies have not only left an indelible mark on the music industry but also provided a soothing and enriching experience for listeners worldwide.

Check out 15 facts you didn't know about Sade

1. Sade was born on January 16, 1959, in Ibadan, Nigeria.

Despite being born in Nigeria, Sade moved to England at the age of four and grew up in London.

2. Her parents are Nigerian and British.

Sade’s father is Nigerian, while her mother is British. This diverse background has influenced her music and style.

3. She formed the band “Sade” in 1982.

Initially known as “Sade Adu and her band,” the group eventually became known simply as “Sade.”

4. The band’s debut album, “Diamond Life,” was released in 1984.

“Diamond Life” was a massive success, producing hits like “Smooth Operator” and “Your Love Is King.”

5. Sade is known for her sultry and distinctive voice.

Her smooth and velvety vocals have become her trademark, earning her a dedicated global fanbase.

6. She has sold over 75 million records worldwide.

Sade’s popularity knows no bounds, and her albums have consistently topped charts around the world.

7. “No Ordinary Love” won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals in 1994.

The hauntingly beautiful ballad remains one of Sade’s most beloved songs.

8.Sade’s music often incorporates elements of soul, jazz, and pop.

Her unique fusion of genres has made her an influential figure in the music industry.

9. She took a hiatus from music between 1994 and 2000.

During this time, Sade focused on her personal life and raising her daughter.

10. Her daughter, Mickailia “Ila” Adu, is a talented visual artist.

Following in her mother’s footsteps, Ila has pursued a career in the arts.

11. Her band, Sade, consists of talented musicians.

Alongside Sade Adu, the band includes Stuart Matthewman, Paul Denman, and Andrew Hale.

12. She is known for her privacy and rarely grants interviews.

Sade prefers to let her music speak for itself and maintains a low-profile lifestyle.

13. “Smooth Operator” remains one of her biggest hits.

The seductive track showcases Sade’s smooth vocals and captivating charm.

14. She has released six studio albums to date.

Sade’s discography includes “Diamond Life,” “Promise,” “Love Deluxe,” “Lovers Rock,” “Soldier of Love,” and “This Far.”

15. Her legacy as an influential artist is undisputed.

Sade has a cult following. Her dedicated fans, known as “Sade lovers,” have continued to support her throughout the years. Her legacy as an influential artist is undisputed. Sade’s impact on music can be felt across generations and genres.



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