Sade Concert Preview – June 30, 2011 @ Bell Centre

It has been almost 20 years since Sade has been to Montreal.  I was there in 1993 when she delighted fans with her classy and sexy music in a show at the Montreal Forum.  She is finally coming back and I don’t expect much to have changed in the almost two decades.  Sade does not look any older, by all reports her voice is in great shape and the music is still sublime.

Born in 1959 in Nigeria, Helen Folasade Adu was the daughter of a Nigerian professor and a British nurse.  Her parents divorced when she was 4-years-old and Sade returned with her mother and brother to England.

In 1983, after studying at an arts college, Helen’s voice attracted the attention of executives at Epic Records.  She signed a contract with them and with Andrew Hale, Paul Denman and Stuart Matthewman began recording music under the band name Sade.  They released their debut album, Diamond Life, in 1984.  They were a huge success right from the beginning.

Over almost 30 years, Sade, while recording very few albums, has had a string of big hits.  “Smooth Operator”, “Kiss of Life”, “Cherish the Day”, “Paradise”, “No Ordinary Love”, and “Sweetest Taboo” are just some of the hit singles.  With her smooth and sexy vocals, the band’s distinctive R&B sound has been extremely popular.

In 2010, Sade released their most recent studio album entitled Soldier of Love.  It is only their sixth studio album and their first one in 10 years.  The album garnished generally positive reviews from the critics, debuted at the top of the Billboard album chart and won the band a Grammy Award.

Additional Information:

-Website:  www.sade.com

-Ticket Purchase: www.evenko.ca

-Ticket Prices:  $63.50, $113.50, $166.50 (plus printing fee)

-Show Time:  7:30 p.m.

-Opening Act:  John Legend

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