Sade emerges from her country retreat to tell how she’s a tree-climbing tomboy at heart Sade is so very private, so extremely wary of the press that her friends – all of whom are bound to silence – have nicknamed her Howie, after Howard Hughes.The most reclusive British singer of the 1980s has kept such a low profile since her Smooth Operator days – one tour in 14 years – that, when we meet at the London office of her record label to hear the songs from her new album, Soldier of Love, I am the only person in the room who has met her before.Sade Baderinwa was born as Folasade Olayinka Baderinwa. She is a lovely blend of mixed races, thanks to her father and mother!Sade’s story from childhood has some sadness in it.
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She is the most successful solo female artist Britain has ever produced: she has sold more than 50m albums in a career that stretches back 27 years.
And more than half of those albums were sold from the mid-1990s onwards, when Sade all but disappeared from view.
Preferring days spent weeding, planting and lugging a wheelbarrow around her immaculate garden, few notice her as she browses for bulbs and seeds in her local garden centre, without a scrap of make-up and dressed in scruffy baggy cords, a fleece and a headscarf.
Yet, although to some Sade's brand of cool jazz might seem as Eighties as brick-sized mobile phones and frizzy perms, she has quietly established herself as our most recognisable and money-spinning musical export — bagging a new breed of adoring and powerful acolytes such as rappers Kanye West and Jay-Z who appeared on her latest album, The Ultimate Collection.