Soul and jazz musician Helen Folashade Adu popularly known as Sade Adu was born on January 16th 1959 in Ibadan and was raised by her English mother Anne Hayes.
When Sade was 11, she moved to Holland-on-Sea to live with her mother
and after completing school at 18 she moved to London and studied at
the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.
She first achieved success in the 1980s as the frontwoman and lead
vocalist of the Brit and Grammy Award winning English group “Sade”.
Sade has been an inspiration to many, even carving a niche for herself with her popular hair style “ Sade Adu”.
Just this year, Jean Paul Gaultier paid homage to Sade’s signature
style during his Spring 2013 runway show and designer Olivier Rousteing.
specifically cited the singer’s feminine use of menswear as inspiration
for Balmain’s current spring collection.
In 1989, she married Spanish film director Carlos Pliego and the
couple had a daughter Ila Adu but sadly their marriage ended in 1995.
In 2002, she was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to popular music.
Sade has released hit singles, Smooth Operator, No Ordinary Love, Solider of love amongst others.