Honour Confers Your Crown - Helen Folasade Adu
Somebody Already Broke My Heart
“Honour confers your crown” is what her middle name means, Folasade. Her full name reads Helen Folasade Adu born on the 16th of January, year 1959. She was born in the capital city called Ibadan of Oyo State which is the third largest metropolitan area of Nigeria. She was born to Adebisi Adu a Nigerian lecturer in economics of Yoruba background, and Anne Hayes, an English district nurse. Adebisi and Anne met in London and married in 1955 and returned to Adebisi hometown in Nigeria. Her parent’s marriage ran its course and faced difficulties causing Anne to return to England taking four year old Helen and her brother Banji to live with her parents. When Helen turned 11 she returned to her mother in Holland-on-Sea. Once Helen completed school, at the age of 18, she returned to London to attend the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. There she studied the course of design.
Her stage name, shortened from her middle name was adopted almost immediately after she was born and changed to “Sade”. Her fellow Nigerian’s refused to call her by her English name Helen. The pronunciation has been very confusing to many of her fans. Making it easy on the American tongue, it was said to be pronounced Sha(r)-day by her manager on the release of her first album.
Sade sang backup vocals for a band called “Pride” in 1981 she ran a three year apprenticeship with them. They toured the UK. Sade co-wrote “Smooth Operator” which peaked interest with many recording companies. Many labels wanted to sign her but not the rest of “Pride”. Sade found herself loyal to the group and refused to depart from them. She relented after 18 months and signed a contract with Epic Records. She set her conditions with Epic and took with her three band members that made the existence of Sade: saxophonist Stuart Matthewman, keyboard player Andrew Hale, and bassist Paul Denman.
“Your Love Is King” was Sade’s first single to become a top 10 British hit in February 1984, making this a life altering experience for her and those of the band. Sade was launched as the female face of the decade.
She stated “It was just me, and I wasn’t trying to promote an image.” When her first album was released “Diamond Life” she lived nothing that of a diamond type of life style. She lived in a very poor manor and struggled with her living conditions. Sade is a woman who has set her priorities on her personal life rather than her professional life. Many know that over the past 20 years, she has only released three studio albums of new material during a period of two decades. There is really not much spoken on her personal life as we all know she keeps herself out of the limelight with her focal point on her family. It is claimed that she has one daughter Ila Adu and resides in Strouds, United Kingdom, with her partner Ian and his son Jack.
My Concert Experience: Sade Live 2011
Attended: September 4, 2011 at 8pm
Location: Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, CA
In my opinion she is one of the most beautiful and soulful woman that I have ever heard of. Her music carries such sophistication and exotic pleasantness. Her concert carried beauty, passion, devotion and genuine emotions. She made the performances seem so natural and effortless as if it was part of her everyday living. The stage setup was absolutely lovely but subtle switch-ups provided by a curtain that was utilized as a projection screen. It took us on journeys through the beauty of nature, life, and art. She is one stunning creation that is very blessed to have the talent she has.
This was my very first concert to attend in 28 years. I was very blessed to have been able to say I witnessed her live and heard her melodic cadence vocals. No one in this world I feel can measure up to her divineness. The feeling of emotions she fills your heart with is indescribable.