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Honour Confers Your Crown - Helen Folasade Adu

Updated on September 7, 2011

Somebody Already Broke My Heart

Her Story


“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.


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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.



Is It A Crime

Discography


· 1984: Diamond Life

· 1985: Promise

· 1988: Stronger Than Pride

· 1992: Love Deluxe

· 2000: Lovers Rock

· 2010: Soldier of Love


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    • bellawritter23 profile imageAUTHOR

      Erica Sanchez 

      7 years ago from California

      Madame Butterfly?? I will have to listen to it. :) Music has a way with soothing the pain over and place a slight grin on the mouth...

    • Nellieanna profile image

      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      I certainly understand how music can lift one and help get one through life's twists and turns! During the most difficult time of my life, for a whole summer, I listened to "Elvira's Theme" like that and then also the complete album of "Madame Butterfly". Those just fit the place where I was. So I can see exactly what you mean and this performer does have that kind of magic in her voice.

    • bellawritter23 profile imageAUTHOR

      Erica Sanchez 

      7 years ago from California

      Always, I thank you for listening to the videos I attached. She is so full of grace and ease. Her music GOT ME THROUGH THE MOST DIFFICULT TIMES IN MY LIFE. I played it over and over and it would calm and ease my pain. I thank you for taking the moment to visit her gift with me.

      bella

    • always exploring profile image

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I listened to the video, she has a beautiful voice indeed. Her life story is interesting and well written. Thank you....

    • bellawritter23 profile imageAUTHOR

      Erica Sanchez 

      7 years ago from California

      Nellie, She is fabulous and breathtaking. Her voice is so melodic and soothing. Thank you for stopping by it is great to see you!

      smiles :)

      bella

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      Bella, a remarkable singer I hadn't really known, only heard the name before. But reading of her heritage before hearing her singing style makes her all the more interesting. Thank you.

    • bellawritter23 profile imageAUTHOR

      Erica Sanchez 

      7 years ago from California

      Acer, I am a huge fan she is flawless and breath taking.

      bella

    • Mentalist acer profile image

      Mentalist acer 

      7 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      I've been a Sade Fan Since Her Beginning.;)

    • bellawritter23 profile imageAUTHOR

      Erica Sanchez 

      7 years ago from California

      Cardisa, I read something about that interesting her daughter IIA is Jamaican I believe if I read corretly. lol "King of Sorrow" and "Somebody Already Broke My Heart" is mine well all are my favorite he he

      Money, She is a beautiful person.

      smiles :)

      bella

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      moneycop 

      7 years ago from JABALPUR

      I WAS UNKNOWN TO THESE SINGERS, AS I AM FROM INDIA...yet i am pleased to listen the sweetness of music in new form

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      Carolee Samuda 

      7 years ago from Jamaica

      One of my favorite artistes. She has a home here in Jamaica where she lives when she is not on tour. I just love..."Smooth operator" is my fave.

    • bellawritter23 profile imageAUTHOR

      Erica Sanchez 

      7 years ago from California

      ComfortB, I am so sorry i am such a tard. I feel really bad. Thank you for stopping by I glanced at it quickly and assumed it was someone else ay ya. Thank you once again :)

      My apologies

      bella

    • bellawritter23 profile imageAUTHOR

      Erica Sanchez 

      7 years ago from California

      Saddle, I am glad you found this brilliant as I do find it brilliant, well her I should say. An ispiration with a talent and gift from the heavens themselves. Gloria Estevan is also a talented artist. I thank you for stopping by Dear Saddle!!

      smiles :)

      bella

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      saddlerider1 

      7 years ago

      Brilliant hub, I to love her voice and have followed her music. She is an inspiration to many, she kinda has some similar sounds and voice like Gloria Estevan from back in her Miami stage days. I enjoy them both. They are both sensual soulful singers.

    • bellawritter23 profile imageAUTHOR

      Erica Sanchez 

      7 years ago from California

      Wayne, thank you for stopping by. Yes Sade has been around for a couple of decades now and began her career way before I was born lol. I became a huge fan over my adulthood years and have found lots of inspiration within her music. Yes my apologies it was a typo year should reflect 1959 not 1952 oops thanks for pointing it out . I have corrected it now. :D

      smiles :)

      bella

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Bella, this is very interesting. I often wonder where these singers come from who seem to just gain superstardom without being an "American Idol". Check the first paragraph again on the birthday and the meeting year for her parents. Something does not compute there...her parents met 3 years after she was born? Maybe a typo??? Regardless thanks for an enjoyable read. WB

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      Comfort Babatola 

      7 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      Good writing on Shade(Folashade) Adu. Not many people know who she is or cared much for her music. But like you said, she is one of the most beautiful, soulful artist. We Nigerians at home, and abroad are proud of her accomplishments.

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