Sade Adu

(Helen Folashade Adu)

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All the cliches of glamorous sophistication have little appeal to me. Do I want to live the British version of 'Dynasty?' No thanks!
From being at art college, I've always hated people that have the gall to think that they're being incredibly different when they're doing something in a very acceptable way, something safe that they've seen someone else doing. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I always said that if I could just find a guy who could chop wood and had a nice smile, it wouldn't bother me if he was a thug or an aristocrat, as long as he was a good guy. And I've ended up with an educated thug.
I always see myself as much more of a musician than a celebrity.
I am a reluctant celebrity, in some ways.
I am fairly classless because it is very difficult to class someone who comes from a mixed marriage. Families, Children & Parenting
I can't see myself just endlessly singing the same songs over and over again.
I don't get easily bored. I'm not that kind of person.
I don't like looking outrageous.
I have no technical training and am completely uneducated in music. Music, Chants & Rapps
I just aspire to pick people up. That's my ambition.
I look a lot like my father and his mother.
I love writing songs. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I think you only really feel like an outsider if you've been an insider.
If you're only making an album every 10 years, it better be good.
I'm always late.
I'm not anti-fashion, but I've always had a bit of a punk attitude. That's important, I think. I do my own thing.
I'm not over the top; I'm not wacky. I'm fairly understated, and that reflects in the way I sing.
I'm not shy or reclusive. I just spend my time with people rather than journalists. Time
I'm uneasy with fame so I do my best to avoid places that will bring me more attention.
I've got absolutely no real perception, properly, of time. Time
I've never associated myself with other singers, certainly not female singers.
London was a really multi-racial city ... It's incredible how comfortable people are with race there.
Most of my lyrics are little stories about my experiences or those of my friends.
My daughter and stepson are really broad-minded.
My father was a very difficult man.
My musical career was an accident.
Once a song's out there, it's no longer mine. And that's the whole purpose of music: to belong to people. Music, Chants & Rapps
People are so used to having their lives filmed, they're not even conscious of having cameras around. I still have that sort of suspicion when a camera comes out. I view it as a thing to fear.
People generally let me be me. People are aware that I'm not someone particularly begging for attention. They hold back a bit with me.
Radio interviews are really snappy and I'm just bad at that. I just close down.
The anxiety I feel when I'm late is nothing like the anxiety I feel when I'm on time. Time
There isn't a class structure in Nigeria; there's a tribal structure and prestige as far as money is concerned. Money, Coins & Minting
To be a mother you must be strong. Even if you don't feel it, you have to pretend.
Whatever I'm doing, I'm in that moment and I'm doing it. The rest of the world's lost. If I'm cooking some food or making soup, I want it to be lovely. If not, what's the point of doing it? Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
When I go into the studio, I completely detach. I let my emotions come out.
When I was young, people were almost identified solely by the kind of music they liked. People fell into categories of who liked what. Music, Chants & Rapps
When you play arenas you can create whatever you want. At a theater the height of the stage and the limitations of the theater can make you feel more separate from the audience.
When you tour, you regain the music and the connection with the audience. Music, Chants & Rapps

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