By Prince Etim
Yesterday, British Nigerian singer Sade turned 60 years old. Born in Ibadan on January 16 1959, she grew up to be one of the most famous musicians on the planet, releasing seven albums since her professional career started in 1980.
Sade’s legacy and impact are such that she’s celebrated globally and many musicians from different generations such as Missy Elliot, Aaliyah, Kanye West and Beyonce identify her as a major influence on their art.
Her 1983 album Promise (which included singles Sweetest Taboo, Never As Good As The First Time and Is It A Crime?) over five million copies worldwide. Together with her band, she has won four Grammy Awards and holds the prestigious title of Commander of the British Empire.
In honour of her sixtieth birthday, here are six of her most important songs.
Sweetest Taboo (1983)
Smooth Operator (1984)
No Ordinary Love (1989)
By Your Side (2000)
Soldier Of Love (2002)