Where Is Sade: The Wait Goes On

UPDATE: The Wait Is Over: Soldier of Love Coming Feb 8, 2010

Around 10 months ago I wrote a post on singer Sade. You can view that article by clicking here… TheBluesBlogger site was fairly new and I mentioned briefly that I had guitars on my wall for arts sake. They never usually come off the wall, but sometimes when I hear certain music and the mood strikes, I will tune one of them up and play along. I am not a musician and I never will be, but occasionally I do like to pretend. Sade’s music is simple yet so very soulful and inspiring that I can’t help myself sometimes.

Why The Update?

Nothing much has changed in the way of news or updates. So many people wonder what happened to Sade. They look for any information regarding tours in 2008 and 2009 and fall into the rumor mill of any possible tour, performance or new album. A search around the net will not reveal much information at all. However, I felt the need to say hello to her fans that have continued to visit my post that I wrote almost a year ago. It really has generated some massive traffic… I used to feel a little guilty about the article, as it is obvious that Sade, for many reasons has chosen to slip into the background. And the traffic the post continues to generate was perhaps not helping to cool things off… Then I thought, why should I feel bad? If I’m creating a place for true Sade fans to visit and comment, how bad could that be? People can fade away, but never the music they create; especially Sade’s soulful luscious sound. Like a fine wine, I believe her sound gets better with age.

This Is My Concern

There isn’t much information out there and websites, particularly Sade’s MySpace page, is loosing its focus… The last login was March 2006 and multiple layers of music play over each other. It should really be cleaned up as I find it very disappointing… So many of her fans would love to find a place to discuss her music and the times and feelings they had when they first experienced her special gift. Like a photograph that we look back upon and share with a delightful memory and smile, her music will always live on…

My Offer

If any of her fans have the desire to use TheBluesBlogger site as a means to express themselves, then feel free to comment away. I will moderate the comments in a respectful manner. To make it easier, you can subscribe to updates with a check mark at the bottom where you put your comments. You will then be emailed any updates to this post. Let’s keep things respectful and insightful.

Thanks for visiting TheBluesBlogger site … And who knows, perhaps one day we will discover positive news that we will be able to share with each other. But let’s respect Sade’s decision for whatever she may choose to do… One thing I am confident of is that Sade will always continue to cherish the comments and love from her true fans.

With my strat on my lap I have yet again grooved to the Sade tunes featured here today. What feelings do you get when you hear these sweet sounds? Your comments are most welcome. You can add them to this new updated post, or you can visit last year’s article and add them by going here.


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82 Responses to “Where Is Sade: The Wait Goes On”

  1. James-24 May 12, 2009 at 2:45 am #

    Sade Adu= Earth-Angel

    No musicians have touched me like Ms. Adu & her band have. For the past 7-8 years, almost every night I have drifted off to sleep to their sweet melodies. I can’t remember the last time a day has gone by w/o Sade (she is one of my few addictions).

    Sade, if you ever read this: THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    My Top 6 Sade Tracks:
    1. Cherish the Day
    2. Cherry Pie
    3. Is It A Crime
    4. Haunt Me
    5. Keep Looking
    6. Smooth Operator

    PS: Does anyone know where to find Sade’s rare, unreleased tracks? I’ve found a lot of remixes, but haven’t been able to find MP3’s of songs like Spirit, Room 55, Love Affair With Life, Make Some Room, etc. Any new Sade to tide me over before her new album would be greatly appreciated..thanks…

  2. The BeanMaster May 12, 2009 at 10:23 pm #

    I am a long lasting fan of Sade, I lived in San Diego during her uprise and have children who are also Nigerian. Her music inspired me back then (in the 80’s) and as much even now. I remember when she came to San Diego I longed so much to go to the concert but could not. I recorded the reviews of her concert from my radio and have it yet to this day. Her style of singing is enhanced even more so by her classic way of dressing on stage and the respectful manor in which she seemed to always carry herself. I hope to one day meet this very powerful woman and pray that she releases at least one more CD before calling it quits! For ever a true fan…The BeanMaster

  3. nolly brown May 21, 2009 at 7:14 am #

    SADE i love you let us her from you.

    i wish you well.

    come soon to Holland

  4. Cliff June 1, 2009 at 5:54 pm #

    New sade album 2009 cant wait

  5. leighanna summers June 3, 2009 at 5:18 pm #

    Dear Sade,
    Reading this probably strikes you as funny as it strikes me that I am writing it . But, here goes anyways.
    Thank you, your love is KING. Whatever your doing these days, I pray you are well. I have listened to your music since the eighties. I cant imagine my life with out your music playing in the background.
    FYI, In 1992, I moved to Colorado to be with the love of my life. he was studying at Denver University. We drove to “Canyon Lands” and decided to walk out through the canyons at sunset. Your voice and music played in my head the entire time. We watched a sunset that mesmerized us both. Heading back home we climbed back into our car tired and in love. We were delayed about 1000 yards outside of a mountain tunnel due to falling rock. I slipped your music out of my backpack and into the tape player. A storm came up, Your music entranced us and the next thing I know we were in the throws of passion. “Your Love Is King” searing through our souls. We looked at each other as cars passed by, tears streaming down my face. The rest is history. 9 months later we had a baby girl. Her name is Savannah. The love of my life died in 2005. I remember that moment like it was yesterday. Your voice, your music, always in the background. This is me…..still remembering you……saying ……thank-you….it wouldn’t have been the same without you….


    Leghanna Summers

  6. shame June 4, 2009 at 3:21 pm #

    sade like many will claim i am your biggest fan…so from all of us who feel that way bless us with your beautiful, soothing voice. every song i have of yours will never be played out. one of my ultimate live shows i wanna see is yours so please visit south africa one day…i dnt blame you for taking time out and keepin a low profile…take your time but let us know when we will be hearing you again

  7. Mia June 5, 2009 at 2:34 pm #

    This article was on a website I frequent just this past Monday, 06/01/09

    According to Billboard, Sade is recording her first album of new material since 2000’s Lovers Rock.

    Known for her long delays between releases, Sade and the group that bears her name are in the studio. Although Sony has not set a release date, the label hopes the record will be out by the end of 2009.

    “She is in the studio and the album will come when it is ready,” a source at Sony told Billboard. “You don’t wait for years for one and then rush it.”

  8. Jay July 7, 2009 at 5:21 am #

    Sade, if you happen to read this, know that I was unable to come up with the money to see you in concert the one chance I had years ago when I was much younger. It has pained me ever since.

    I am now able to see you wherever you happen to appear on the planet. There is nothing that will keep me from traveling to see you live and experience the magic that you weave for us all. We love you! Just say when and I am there!

  9. roy93 July 13, 2009 at 9:09 pm #

    Miss Sade Adu, You will always be the lady in my life! I know we could never be together, but I will always have your CDs and dvds to enjoy. May God bless you, and your family and friends.

  10. Ismail July 29, 2009 at 8:35 am #


    I love her music and will be a fan for life. Sade’s music is hypnotic.

  11. Vic August 14, 2009 at 10:23 pm #

    …what else can be add to all this soul and heart expressions…. her music always make me feel deep into me and in a very deep balance with love and nature…. all we wish is that she could live as such way and gift us with more of his heart and soul converted in music…. thanks for that unique moments

  12. Jessica August 18, 2009 at 9:26 am #

    I was VERY FORTUNATE to be able to see SADE live in concert at the Heymann Center for the Performing Arts in Lafayette, Louisiana about 15 years ago. My then boyfriend and now husband bought tickets for us! It was truly an AMAZING concert experience. She is ALL that and much more. Unforgettable voice and a very classy lady. Oh PLEASE hurry Miss Adu and bless us again with your music!

  13. Geovanna Garro August 29, 2009 at 11:54 am #

    I felt in love with Sade’s music about 18 years ago when I first moved to NY, the first song I ever heard was Kiss of Life and ever since I could not stop listening to her music. I wish I had an opportunity to see her in concert ….. Sade’s music touches my soul….. I hope soon we get the news that she is going on tour or that she has a new album……………

  14. mallory September 23, 2009 at 11:08 pm #

    sade is amazing!
    i love her
    please come on tour t0 LA!!!

    ur #1 fan!!

  15. Sondy September 30, 2009 at 11:11 am #

    She gave all of us the kiss of music that touch our souls, we will always cherish it and wait for the day that she is by our side because it should be a crime to be that great! We’ll keep looking and keep waiting. Come back to us Sade.

  16. GPPCEO (Craig) October 10, 2009 at 2:36 am #

    Not only did Sade and her band invent a new artform…a type of music no other group has ever matched and is so enchanting, literally hypnotic, soulful and deeply moving…not only is she absolutely gorgeous and sexy in so many ways…as a young artist, and even today as she ages with the rest of us who have followed her every breath for decades – the way she moves – like no other woman – and as a torch singer – without compare in 10000 years – and then to disappear as she did…well she’s a mother now and probably has deeply personal reasons (is there anything about her that isn’t deep). And for all the fans that love her or cherish her music or would bleed to see her live – she is not the Rolling Stones – she’s much more intimate and perhaps the revenue of the concerts, weighed against upsetting a peaceful life with her close friends – perhaps the musical tour scene just isn’t inviting enough. Few musicians enjoy the road when family calls them home, even if they are making millions. So why is she invisible? She wants to be and can be and while we all want to be with her, to hear her touch our hearts, move our souls and be there for us – perhaps she is where she is for the people she loves – and that, even for us, should be more important – because if she’s happy, can you be sad? Life has always been a series of bittersweet events – and we are lucky to have her music, her videos, and perhaps another album or two or three – who knows – but most importantly, with so many people who love her music and who suggest she is the ultimate Diva (I’d say so), then if we are true to our hearts and to her, whether she is on tour or with her family and friends, we should all be happy if she is happy and delighted if she happens to show up one night in a smokey club, pick up a mic, and enchant a crowd of 10 or 10,000 – no matter what – it would be a magic night indeed.

  17. Lori October 13, 2009 at 6:20 am #

    Blues Blogger,

    Here is another reason not to feel guilty for your posts on Sade: I think they may remind us that not all artists are in it for the fame or notoriety….some just have soul. Your words remind me that we need to respect the distance that some may keep between themselves and the rest of the world.

    That said, Sade, why don’t you just record and not tour? Hearing your voice would be better than good enough.

  18. Thomas October 13, 2009 at 9:53 am #

    I posted a comment almost a year ago. In that time, my love for Sade has only grown. I know in my heart that Sade loves her fans despite the fact that we have not heard from her. We don’t always know when people in our lives love us, but we can sense it if we try. It becomes so much a part of us that we are comforted by it even when the person we love is no where near us….they are in our hearts, our fiber, our being.

    I miss Sade as much as anyone, but out of my love for her, I pray that she be well and return to her fans if and when she is ready to. I am an extreme fatalist in life. Everything happens as it is supposed to, we have little control. People that are so rare and beautiful should never be forced to share their gift at the insistence of others. And Sade is that…..a rare gift! She is untarnished by the “machine” that is music today. My respect for her is immeasurable!!!!!!

    Sade has given me so many memories. Memories that keep me in love. Memories that bring hope…..that bring sadness, but most of all memories that bring me closer to knowing that there is good in a world of bad, beauty in the presence of ugly, and that memory insists that we grow despite the lack of light. Sade has given us ALL of that!! Even if she never writes another word, sings another song or tours another continent. She has been our gift! If she comes back it is because it is destined to be! Be not discouraged by her not being apparent in your life…..look deeper….she’s there!

    Sade—truly, I couldn’t love you more if I tried.

    To the creator of this site, my deepest and most sincere thanks for creating a place where we can talk of the Lady Sade! I look forward to every post that I see in my email. Thanks again and please know you have my respect and gratitude!


  19. GPPCEO (Craig) October 13, 2009 at 12:09 pm #

    And here’s something to consider as well. I write music, play and have been in bands, orchestrated films and know musicians and vocalists deeply. I listen to her music – it has changed over the years. That happens to most bands and vocalists. I notice here and there she’s picked up a rather deep Jamaican accent – perhaps she’s living there now. I think I read somewhere she was there for awhile. Think about it – you live in a beautiful place with your family and friends and find ‘Paradise’ and then some record label wants you to honor a contract, make an album and hit the road for awhile. It helps to be in control of your music and tours, but I wonder if she is. I go to the sadeusa web site and it just doesn’t FEEL like her site – it sort of lacks any of her spirit there. It reminds me of a poster-boy/slap-up web site a record label would do. Go there – and then think about how artistic she is – and tell me – IF YOU WERE HER – A FORMER MODEL/FASHION DESIGNER/DIVA etc. with HER flair and HER soul – would YOUR site look like that? I doubt it. Its devoid of her spirit and soul (my two cents). And then there’s the band itself – which has new players added – notice the sweet Caribbean harmonies coming out of the two black guys on the video for the live version of Somebody Already Broke My Heart – youtube version. Notice the smokey voice she has on that cut. Her voice is changing ever so slightly – she is evolving and getting older (don’t faint – she will) and as she does, perhaps she wonders if her music and some new style that emerges will still have the same appeal. Listen to the rhythms – less like Brazilian (early Sade) more Caribbean – By Your Side is a classic example (and one of my favorites – I love going to sleep with that song playing – absolutely like closing your eyes and falling into her arms and drifting off (ok boys – wake UP!) She’s probably working with more artists that are in the Caribbean – and the songs may or may not be up to her standard. She is probably cultivating and grooming talent to fine tune the new members. And she was born on the same day as my sister – a perfectionist – so it won’t be easy for her, especially if she is working with an easy going group that keeps saying “Baby – its good enough” and she keeps saying – “Rewrite it – here – here and here”. Easy going people can be a tough place to be for a perfectionist. No new album in 10 years? There are reasons for that that may include being a mom, having no desire to go on tour, having new writers around her that can’t turn it out like the boys back in Britain – and not wanting to go to England anymore – I mean who would want to leave the Caribbean with all the beauty there? And then there may be a bad relationship with the record label. Michael Jackson (and many people) aren’t fond of how Sony handles talent. Why would Sade be any different? I did a whois search and YUP – Sony owns sadeusa.com – not Sade herself. If I were her, I’d get my own domain – like sadeswhispers.com – or something – and I would control the content and tell Sony to enjoy – but stay out of my way. Based on the black and gray colors of the site they put up for her – I mean it certainly has none of the flair we often see in the clothing she brings to shoots or the colorful music she brought to us for decades. So – imagine an artist who on the one hand is living in Paradise, and on the other is perhaps contractually bound – or for reasons of finance – pressured into doing an album and perhaps a tour – and then it becomes WORK instead of PLAY and a talented musician/vocalist treated like a work horse isn’t a pleasure to be around. They have to have fun or its a drag and that involves the right group, the right writers, the right manager who cultivates the talent like family instead of like a cash cow and the right tour schedule that gives the talent plenty of time at home (paradise) and insures they aren’t burned out. Some labels treat their talent like that. Many do not. So – if there is anything that WE can do for her – perhaps write 101 new songs for Sade (and the new band and new sound) and see if we can lighten their load – give them plenty of material to choose for the album – and then if it takes her 2 – 3 years to do a tour other bands do in a season – just be glad she’s having fun again. That, to me, is one way to handle her absence – wish her a good day – every day – where she has FUN being a Diva instead of being FORCED to do a job.

  20. GPPCEO October 16, 2009 at 9:44 pm #

    I got it – I think … Because we’re building an online radio station and I have to listen to HOURS (days?) of tracks that test all the software – and because I’m paying for this – I had a disproportionate number of Sade’s cuts loaded (hey I have to listen to this ALL DAY LONG – so it should be her – right?) and some country, blues, rock, some explicit (we have to test that stuff to make sure the kiddies can be protected) and good old Enya since she can play for hours and its sort of background – unlike Sade – that can sound like background but keeps dragging me away from my work – to continue researching her. I have a baby picture of her now – about 20 photos from her early years before the band was formed – and some video clips/interviews – early and mid years – and the love shows – the compilation is getting rather huge – (well not too big – but a bit). And its like watching a girl grow up – and become, rather evolve, into what she did become – to us – this magical Diva who’s music is so out of this world – it really is. But when you see this little girl turn into THAT woman and then see the photos as she became a mom, is an older girl now, and you realize – she’s human just like every one of us (ok guys – put down the tomatoes). A few shots in her later years shows it – and then I run a track (original Is It A Crime video) and WOW – that girl in that video – oh my God – why didn’t my wife look like that – and she was a Canadian model?!?! Simply outrageously, drop dead gorgeous. Now look at you and remember how cute you were at that age and how you are now (and if you ain’t 50, lemme tell ya – you ain’t 20 no more baby and 30 to 50 is a coke, a cheeseburger and a fry – old Brooklyn line). So – she has this Diva image (physical) and that’s evolved to who she is now and perhaps shielding us from that ‘fallen angel’ is part of the silence. She has this musical image – what was the first 20 years – and that has evolved. You hear it in her accent on some of the tracks – more Caribbean than it was in the early years – and the rhythm – listen to Flow, listen to By Your Side – and that jazzy Brazilian beat is shifting into a happy Caribbean beat. Its evolving too. So – how do you tell your fans that you’re a real girl – who grew into a woman – and that all this Diva stuff (while certainly true) – isn’t who you are. You’re a mom, a singer, a human being – and perhaps a little gun shy worrying about the fall from grace. I wonder if she’ll still do torch numbers when she’s a grandma…(don’t faint). If she can develop the strength inside to allow fans to ‘grow old with her’ – and I think she is developing that character now – then she will remain timeless – as her music already is today. So – silence? Invisible? An album coming out? I wonder what’s going on in her mind – and hopefully she knows that those of us who have loved her since the 1980s – still do today.

  21. yvette batey November 13, 2009 at 2:15 pm #

    I miss you Sade very much please come back to us we begging you, nobody can sing like you can I love your music since I was little…

  22. Ceramick November 18, 2009 at 5:30 pm #

    Sade (not forgetting that this word always includes all the incredibly talented musicians who featured on all those brilliant tracks we are all still playing) has given so much pleasure to so many, that she has earned her quiet place in the sun. However, having discovered the band after they had stopped touring, I and I guess countless others like me are in danger of going to our graves without seeing a live concert. Sure we’ve all bought the DVDs but good as they are it’s hardly a substitute. If anyone out there knows how to persuade the band to do just one more World tour – pleeeeeze try.

  23. Sherry November 26, 2009 at 6:08 pm #

    I saw Sade in Fort Lauderdale back in 2001…she was magnificent. Worth every penny and more. Her voice was perfect and her performance was spectacular. I would drive a long way to see her again! Sade! Where are you?

  24. Norman November 26, 2009 at 6:35 pm #

    SHE’s BACK!!!! I love it – I just PRE-ORDERED her new CD on AMAZON! THANK YOU SADE – FINALLY!!!!

    I can’t wait – I wonder if she will tour starting in February when the new CD comes out???

  25. Jay November 27, 2009 at 2:33 am #

    OMG!!! It’s TRUE! Here is the link to pre-order:


    I will be downloading it from iTunes the second it is available. YES!!! Please, please, please announce your tour dates. I will BE there (wherever “there” is) come hell or high water!

    I posted Jul 7, 2009 at 5:21 am

    “Sade, if you happen to read this, know that I was unable to come up with the money to see you in concert the one chance I had years ago when I was much younger. It has pained me ever since.

    I am now able to see you wherever you happen to appear on the planet. There is nothing that will keep me from traveling to see you live and experience the magic that you weave for us all. We love you! Just say when and I am there!”


    SHE’S BACK!!!!!!!

  26. Jarvadu November 27, 2009 at 3:48 am #

    Hey BluesB man!
    Hello fellow SADE FANS!
    It’s finally happening in the flesh.
    Sade is back…literally also if you notice on the cover art of Soldier of Love…Sade’s BACK…woah.
    Now’s a good time to stop by and join us at:
    Sade Fans International
    Jarvadu and LRC welcome you…
    Peace Out and hope to see you at any possible shows in the future….yeah!

  27. Jose P Machuca December 14, 2009 at 11:05 pm #

    Hope can see you soon….!!

  28. Magda December 21, 2009 at 4:03 pm #

    I’m listening to Pandora Radio (Sade, of course) and got curious (once again) about any new updates surrounding Sade, especially having learned that she has a new CD out (which I am purchasing right after I click on the submit button). This is the first site I clicked on and read every single word. I’m a private person, so I have immense respect for others who choose to stay low, too. I am 55 years old and have been a devoted fan of Sade since day one. Nobody comes close to Sade. Nobody. I feel eternal when I listen to Sade’s songs. I ditto what Thomas posted on 10/13/2009. I embrace Sade always. Her songs take me places where dreams can only go. I am forever 25 whenever I hear Sade sing. My blessings to Sade. Always. A devoted fan.

  29. Regina December 22, 2009 at 11:43 pm #

    My sister just shared a Sade Live DVD and we both went down memory lane. I was living in Santa Barbara, CA when “Sweetest Taboo” came out. Such a sexy voice, such a sexy woman, where are you Sade, we miss you and love you!!!

  30. Ruby December 23, 2009 at 1:57 am #

    OMG is she really coming out with a new album? I cannot believe it… FINALLY the wait is over…. I am totally in love with her music. She is the best, the most classic ever. I can listen t Sade all day, everyday. Whatever mood I’m in… the best is after a long day, you come home, relax with some wine while listening to her. I’d LOVE to see her live, please consider NYC if she’s ever here for tours and did I mention I cannot wait?

  31. Al Krull March 7, 2010 at 8:15 am #

    She came along, when I needed a savior!
    Now I have 7 years recovery from PTSD, depression, and substances. Now I have an inner peace like never ever before. I love you Sade!
    Al Krull

  32. Daniel Smilack October 13, 2016 at 10:13 am #

    When Sade grabs you with her sound..she doesn’t let go. It’s been 30 years now and I enjoy her art as much as I did the first day. I have always called my favorite song The Color of Love, Kiss of Life. How do you pick a favorite though? Pearl, Love Is Stronger than Pride and Is It A Crime affect me differently. Sade hasn’t gone anywhere in my life…she’s always been here since Promise.

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