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Sade: Queen of Style

Interview by Deanne Pearson, No. 1, 18 February 1984


Sade: Heaven, London

Live Review by Graham K. Smith, Record Mirror, 10 March 1984

A COUPLE of years back, in a dingy West London jazz-funk room, the seeds of this review were sown. The event was the debut appearance ...

Glad Day For Sade

Profile and Interview by Lesley White, The Face, April 1984

Sophisticated jazz, Silk Cut and Jersey. That's Sade Adu. The girl can't help it. The torches have been lit. Profile Lesley White ...

Graham K. Smith makes a dream date with... Sade

Interview by Graham K. Smith, Record Mirror, 12 May 1984

  EVERY DREAMER'S favourite dreamgirl has arrived! Every fantasist's perfection personified, every hardy pop soul who ever believed in the beauty of simplicity has been amply ...

Sade: Living in Black and White

Interview by Deanne Pearson, No. 1, 9 June 1984

Sade is a singer with a chequered past. Brought up partly in Nigeria and partly in Clacton, she had two fathers and about eight grandmothers, ...

Sade: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Max Bell, The Times, 2 August 1984

SADE IS CURRENTLY the hottest new voice in town. Her Diamond Life album has been highly praised and her jazz diva's image, allied to a ...

Sade: Educating Sade

Interview by Richard Cook, New Musical Express, 25 August 1984

FOR THE way she sang words and music, the way she interposed herself in the lyric, the way she could swing a line and stay ...

Sade: The Jewel In The Crown

Interview by Colin Irwin, Melody Maker, 15 December 1984

An unlikely star and a reluctant one, but SADE ADU is the most successful female artist of the year. The life and times of a ...

Sade: Diamond Life (Portrait); John Martyn: Sapphire (Island)

Review by Richard C. Walls, Creem, May 1985


Sade: Sophisticated Lady

Profile and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, Rolling Stone, 23 May 1985

Sade's elegant look and cool sound have made her pop music's most stylish female star ...

Sade: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Richard Williams, The Times, 3 December 1985

FOR ALMOST an hour, Sade Adu and her musicians reproduced the chic minimalism of their records with such detached precision and consistency that the songs ...

Sade: International Centre, Harrogate

Live Review by William Shaw, Smash Hits, 4 December 1985

SADE ADU may have a most entrancing set of vocal chords and a face to match, but somehow this evening never really got off the ...

Sade: Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 21 December 1985

Sade Seeks to One-Yup the Competition With Its Sultry Yet Sedate Approach ...


Interview by Tom Hibbert, Smash Hits, 21 May 1986

Born 26 years ago in Clacton, Helen Folasade Adu spent a lot of her childhood watching Scooby Doo and Charlie's Angels, throwing stones at cars, ...

Sade Lady

Interview by Mick Brown, Vanity Fair, April 1988

THERE IS NO finer art in pop music than that of knowing when to disappear. ...

Sade: Stronger Than Pride (Epic) **½

Review by Rob Tannenbaum, Rolling Stone, 11 August 1988

LIKE WALLY Pipp, who took a day off from the Yankee lineup and was permanently replaced by Lou Gehrig, Sade has risked usurpation by more ...

Sade: America The Hard Way

Report and Interview by Robert Sandall, Q, December 1988

Hers was the face that graced a thousand magazine covers, the sound that became a fashion accessory, the image that seemed to encapsulate effortless video-age ...


Interview by Bill Holdship, Pulse!, December 1992

Cool, smooth & refreshing, Britain's sultry siren of song checks in with her first new album in four years, Love Deluxe. ...

Sade: Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles

Live Review by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, 30 March 1993

THEY CAME, they saw, they conquered! Hot on the heels of the two million US sales for Love Deluxe, their latest album, UK group Sade ...

Habitual: Sade: The Best Of (Epic) ****

Review by Mark Cooper, Q, November 1994

When will Britain wake up to Sade? ...

Sade: Lovers Rock; Rachelle Ferrell: Individuality (Can I Be Me?); Spooks: S.I.O.S.O.S. Volume One

Review by Carol Cooper, The Village Voice, 13 December 2000

WHEN IT COMES to commercial black music, "high concept" makes the record industry very nervous. Motown initially told Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye that people ...

Strangely Sad Sade… Sade: Lovers Rock (Epic)

Review by Rick McGrath, Culture Court, January 2001

IT'S BEEN eight long ones since Helen Folasade Adu had a new CD languorously slithering up the charts, but like Steely Dan and a host ...

Sade Emerges From Her Country Retreat

Interview by Robert Sandall, The Times, 31 January 2010

She's Britain's most successful female solo artist but has remained a glamorous enigma — until now. Sade emerges from her country retreat to tell how ...

Sade: The Ultimate Collection

Review by Lloyd Bradley,, 9 May 2011

The uniquely British band is rightly celebrated on this fine collection. ...

Interview: Sade

Interview by Michael A. Gonzales, Red Bull Academy Magazine, 20 July 2015

Michael A. Gonzales reaches into his archives for an interview with the singer from 1992 ...


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