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Sade performing at the SAP Arena,
Mannheim, Germany, in 2011
Born Helen Folasade Adu
(1959-01-16) 16 January 1959 (age 57)
Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria
Residence Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, England
Nationality British
Other names Sade Adu
Alma mater Saint Martin’s School of Art

record producer

Spouse(s) Carlos Scola Pliego
(m. 1989–1995)
Children Ize Adu

Adebisi Adu
Anne Hayes

Musical career


Instruments Vocals
Years active 1983–present


Associated acts



I love writing songs.
If you're only making an album every 10 years, it better be good.
From being at art college, I've always hated people that have the gall to think that they're being incredibly different when they're doing something in a very acceptable way, something safe that they've seen someone else doing.
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When I go into the studio, I completely detach. I let my emotions come out.
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When I was young, people were almost identified solely by the kind of music they liked. People fell into categories of who liked what.
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I am fairly classless because it is very difficult to class someone who comes from a mixed marriage.
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I have no technical training and am completely uneducated in music.
I just aspire to pick people up. That's my ambition.
I am a reluctant celebrity, in some ways.
I'm not anti-fashion, but I've always had a bit of a punk attitude. That's important, I think. I do my own thing.
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I look a lot like my father and his mother.
I always see myself as much more of a musician than a celebrity.
I'm always late.
People are so used to having their lives filmed, they're not even conscious of having cameras around. I still have that sort of suspicion when a camera comes out. I view it as a thing to fear.
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People generally let me be me. People are aware that I'm not someone particularly begging for attention. They hold back a bit with me.
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When you play arenas you can create whatever you want. At a theater the height of the stage and the limitations of the theater can make you feel more separate from the audience.
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Once a song's out there, it's no longer mine. And that's the whole purpose of music: to belong to people.
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I've got absolutely no real perception, properly, of time.
Radio interviews are really snappy and I'm just bad at that. I just close down.
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I'm not over the top; I'm not wacky. I'm fairly understated, and that reflects in the way I sing.
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When you tour, you regain the music and the connection with the audience.
All the cliches of glamorous sophistication have little appeal to me. Do I want to live the British version of 'Dynasty?' No thanks!
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There isn't a class structure in Nigeria; there's a tribal structure and prestige as far as money is concerned.
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My daughter and stepson are really broad-minded.
The anxiety I feel when I'm late is nothing like the anxiety I feel when I'm on time.
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I've never associated myself with other singers, certainly not female singers.
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To be a mother you must be strong. Even if you don't feel it, you have to pretend.
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I'm not shy or reclusive. I just spend my time with people rather than journalists.
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I always said that if I could just find a guy who could chop wood and had a nice smile, it wouldn't bother me if he was a thug or an aristocrat, as long as he was a good guy. And I've ended up with an educated thug.
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My musical career was an accident.
I think you only really feel like an outsider if you've been an insider.
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London was a really multi-racial city … It's incredible how comfortable people are with race there.
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I can't see myself just endlessly singing the same songs over and over again.
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Most of my lyrics are little stories about my experiences or those of my friends.
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I'm uneasy with fame so I do my best to avoid places that will bring me more attention.
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I don't get easily bored. I'm not that kind of person.
I don't like looking outrageous.
My father was a very difficult man.
Whatever I'm doing, I'm in that moment and I'm doing it. The rest of the world's lost. If I'm cooking some food or making soup, I want it to be lovely. If not, what's the point of doing it?
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