When Sade first came on the recording scene in the '80s,
her record company, Epic, made a point of
printing "pronounced shar-day" after her name on the
record labels of her releases. Soon enough the
world would have no problem in correctly pronouncing her
name. Born Helen Folasade Adu in Ibadan,
Nigeria, about 50 miles from Lagos, she was the daughter
of an African father and an English mother.
After her mother returned to England, Sade grew up on the
North End of London.
Developing a good singing voice in her teens, Sade worked
part-time jobs in and outside of the music
business. She listened to Ray Charles, Nina Simone, Al
Green, Aretha Franklin, and Billie Holliday