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Sade (Helen Folasade Adu) was born in Nigeria on January 16, 1959, and was raised in London. Sade's debut LP, Diamond Life, released in 1985 spawned her first Top 10 hit, "Smooth Operator." Sade's musical style has been described as "smoky faux-jazz." In 1985, Sade won the Grammy for Best New Artist. Her sophomore follow-up, Promise gave Sade her second Top 10 hit, "The Sweetest Taboo" and the haunting LP track, "Is It A Crime." Promise sold over 4 million copies in the U.S. In 1998, Sade released Stronger Than Pride and continued her smoky style with tours and television appearances. Sade's LP, Love Deluxe, was released in 1992 and yielded the hit, "No Ordinary Love." A greatest hits compilation was released in 1993: The Best Of Sade which sold over 3 million copies in the U.S. Sade also contributed a song to the Philadelphia soundtrack: "Please Send Me Someone To Love." As Stephen Holden observed in The New York Times, "In a pop climate obsessed with changing sounds and the language of the street, Sade has shown herself to be a pop classicist more interested in creating a durable body of work than in keeping up...her best songs find fresh images for expressing time-honored sentiments and placing them in settings that distill particular moods with a special intensity." Is Sade a woman or a band? When someone talks about Sade, they are often referring to the woman, yet Sade's band is also called Sade. This has caused some confusion - especially when Sade was nominated for a Grammy under the Group category one year. The band Sade actually consists of: Paul Spencer Denman, Sade Adu, Andrew Hale and Stuart Matthewman.

Arrest Warrant Issued For Singer Sade In Jamaica

KINGSTON, Jamaica (Reuter) - A Jamaican court issued an arrest warrant Wednesday for pop singer Sade when she failed to appear in court in Montego Bay to face charges of dangerous driving and disobeying a police officer. Sade's attorney, Victor Robinson, told the court he had not spoken to his client for several months. The court stayed the execution of the warrant until June 30, 1997 when the case will be called again. The singer, whose real name is Helen Folasade, has been in Britain with her Jamaican friend for the past several months, a source close to the entertainer said. The charges stem from a Feb. 27, 1997 incident in which police confronted the singer while she was driving along the main thoroughfare in Montego Bay. Police alleged that she failed to obey an officer who signaled her to stop, and another officer gave chase and pulled her over. She was taken to the police station, where she reportedly cursed the arresting officers. She appeared in court March 10, 1997 and was released on $142 bail. The Nigerian-born singer, best known for the song ``Smooth Operator,'' had been living in Ocho Rios, where she now owns property.

Pop Singer Sade Faces Disorderly Conduct Charges In Jamaica

KINGSTON, Jamaica (Reuter) - Pop singer Sade has appeared in a Montego Bay court to face charges of dangerous driving, disobeying a police officer and disorderly conduct, police said on Tuesday. She is scheduled to be tried June 25. Police alleged that the Nigerian-born singer, whose full name is Helen Folasade, was driving in Montego Bay on Feb. 27, 1997 when she disobeyed a policeman's signal for her to stop at a busy intersection. She was detained after another officer chased her. She was released on bail and appeared in court on Monday. Local newspapers said Sade had been living near the resort town of Ocho Rios since last year.

The Lady welcomed her first child into the world on July 21st, 1996. named Ila. The father is purported to be one Bob Morgan of Jamaica.

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