Her parents met in London and then moved to Nigeria, where, on January 16, 1959, our heroine was born with a long international name - Helen Fallshade Adu. The local kids preferred to call the girl by the second - Nigerian name, reducing it to Sade.
African relatives, mother Sade disliked, the marriage fell apart, and the Englishwoman and her daughter returned to their homeland. If the girl was too "white" for Nigerian children in an English school it immediately began to call "nigger."
Interestingly, the career of the singer Sade did not dream. She learned to be a designer of clothes and, together with her friend, opened a small atelier, which she was very proud of. Singing remained a kind of hobby for Sade - in her free time she performed at clubs in the PRIDE group. But the design business was not very successful, and then Sade had a boyfriend - journalist Bobby Ellis, a man in the show business field. Once he heard a girl singing in the bathroom, he immediately brought her to the right people, and in 1983 she signed a contract with the label Epic Records.
A year later, the singer took part of her PRIDE colleagues (first of all, her main coauthor, saxophonist Stuart Matthewmen) under the wing, and formed a group named after herself — SADE. At the same time - in 1984 - the new group began recording the debut album "Diamond Life".
Already the first single, “Your Love Is King”, became a significant hit in Britain (No. 4), but in the USA it took only 54th place. But the 4th and last single of the album became the most successful in the career of Sade, her “calling card”, according to which the singer is also remembered by us.
The song “Smooth Operator” Sade wrote back in 1982 during the days of the PRIDE group, together with its member Ray St. John (he will leave PRIDE before the appearance of SADE).
The name of the song in English is very significant. In this particular case, it was about a charming man who can easily fascinate girls, deftly manipulate them and cynically use them. The line "From coast to coast, from Los Angeles to Chicago ... corrupt love" indicates that the hero of the song, plus the rest of the "virtues", is also a gigolo.
The name gave a lot of room for jokes - like a parody about an operator ... a lathe.
From an interview with Sade:
“- Who was the most„ smoothest operator “whom you met in your life?
- The one who deleted my appendix (singer, jokes, interpreting the name of the song as “clever surgeon” - SK) ”.
In Britain, the single was released in 1984, and in the United States in 1985 and took the 1st place in the Billboard charts.
By the way, the song (as well as the video for it) exists in two versions - abbreviated and full (in the full version, the singer precedes singing with spoken declamation).
SADE music style needs to be said separately. The German magazine Spiegel best described it:
“Bar music at a high level; black but not passionate; soul, but not hot; Latino, but without fuss. "
Indeed, it is easy to find jazz, R'n'B, and Caribbean rhythms in the music of the group. But the whole mixture was fed slowly, restrained, cold, even detached. In general, a sort of elite product "for adults."
“When I went on stage, I was shaking. But I decided to try. And she thought that I would sing as if I were speaking. It was important for me to be myself.
... I do not think that in order to captivate the audience, you have to shout and excel in poses. ”
The second surge in popularity of SADE fell on the fourth album, “Love Deluxe.” With this splash, the band is obliged first of all to the song “No Ordinary Love” (“Unusual Love”).
“This is about the love that does not allow even a small amount of hope. Reason says that it is impossible to hope, and faith inside you allows your love to become reality. It’s as if you’ve found something that you’ve lost, just because you’re sure you’ll find it. ”
The first edition of the single "No Ordinary Love" was released in October 1992 and took 26th place in Britain. However, the song gained real success when it hit the soundtrack of the film “Indecent Proposal” with Demi Moore in the lead role. Under this case, the single re-released and shot a beautiful clip. In the video, the singer played a mermaid who made a wedding dress for herself, found her legs and wandered over land in the form of such a restless bride in search of love.
After such a promotion, “No Ordinary Love” climbed to 14th place in Britain and the United States, received a Grammy award for “the best performance by a group of songs in the R'n'B style” and became the last hit of Sade to break into the American TOP-40.