SADE / Sade Remixes Mixtape

January 16, 2009 was Sade’s birthday. She made 50. sade 13.jpg A lot of people are awaiting—wishing and hoping, expecting, some even fiending for new music from the smoothest operator pop music has witnessed since, well, since Nat King Cole. Yes, Ibadan, Nigeria-born Helen Folesade Adu ranks that high as an artist. Some argue that five studio albums in twenty-five years barely qualifies her as a superstar. Her fans respond it’s about quality, not quantity. Certainly it’s refreshing that an artist chooses to avoid the trap of releasing crap in a vain and futile effort to keep making hits. For sure, when you look at Sade's record, there was never any fall off in artistic terms. By now most of us have accepted what is more and more a certainty: Sade has retired from recording and touring—but then again maybe... I’ve never experienced her in concert but I can tell from the DVD of her Lover's Rock tour that it’s my lost. The early Sade reminded me too much of smooth jazz and I made the mistake of not paying attention to her development. sade 15.jpg Beyond the strength of her music, I have grown to totally admire her steadfast refusal to artistically prostitute her talents, her physical appearance, or her fame. She is one of the few who has successfully walked awake from the limelight at the zenith of a career. Even more amazing, the core band members have been together for over twenty years. In the music industry, twenty years is four or five life times and at least three major career changes. Not Sade. Her consistency is beyond admirable. sade 28.jpg Such longevity and commitment to her band mates is unheard of regardless of what genre of music you consider. Indeed, as recent statistics reveal, close to half the people who married when Sade released her debut album in 1984 are now separated or divorced. In today's world to stay the course is a major task. Got to give big ups for and to Sade. sade 23.jpg Even though she may be out of the spotlight—hell, even the paparazzi can’t catch her, nevertheless, I think we ought to keep her light burning in our minds. If only we had more artists of this quality. I do quite a bit of scavenging and internet fishing. Here are 17 cuts from my Sade stash. What I’ve gathered here is a collection of remixes with a few interview snippets. I’m not going to be suckered into arguing that these remixes are better than the originals, nor am I going to suggest that these remixes are standing in for the long expected new material from Sade. I just give thanks that there are DJs and producers who maintain an interest in Sade’s music. As cold as it may sound, I’d rather listen to a bunch of remixes than for Sade to release inferior material in an effort to keep her name out there. Now, if Sade has some new songs, sure, I’m in the house and down with it but I don’t believe she owes us any more, not one note, not one crucial melodic interlude. sade 11.jpg Sade has given us far more than twenty of your average singers lumped together. Sade has exemplified strong principles, consummate artistry and a willingness to live a healthy lifestyle devoid of drama, manufactured notoriety, or, worse, a public decline in artistic ability. Sade gives the lie to the old truism that all the great ones die young. She’s great. She’s not dead. And all of her work is far, far beyond average. sade 27.jpg Viva Sade. Happy Birthday my sister, and here’s wishing you many, many more. —Kalamu ya Salaam   Sade Remixes Mixtape Playlist sade 14.jpg 1. Sade interview 2. Intro - Sade Blends - (Sade Vs. DJ Paul Nice) 3. "Keep Looking" - Sade Blends (Sade Vs. Paul Nice) 4. "Feel No Pain" - (Nellie Hooper mix) 5. "King of Sorrow" - (Guru Mix) 6. Sade interview 7. "Somebody Already Broke My Heart" – (remix) 8. "Smooth Operator" - (extended jazz mix) 9. "Love Is Stronger Than Pride" - (DJ Evil Twin) 10. "By Your Side" - (Neptunes remix) 11. "By Your Side" - (Sade Vs. DJ Paul Nice) 12. Sade interview sade 21.JPG 13. "Lovers Rock" – (Grooveman Spot) 14. "Sweetest Taboo" - (Sade Vs. DJ Paul Nice) 15. "Paradise" - (Ronin Remix) 16. "Cherish The Dré" - (Sade Vs. DJ Paul Nice) 17. "Pearls" - (Somalia mix) 18. "Hang On To Your Love" - (Sade Vs. DJ Paul Nice) 19. "Nothing Can Come Between Us" - (Sade Vs. DJ Paul Nice) 20. "Bonus Track" - (Sade Vs. DJ Paul Nice)

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20 Responses to “SADE / Sade Remixes Mixtape”

EL Mare Says:
February 2nd, 2009 at 12:23 pm

Many thanks for your wounderful mixes and Informations about the singers and the songs!!

Go on

EL Mare from germany

Kiini Ibura Says:
February 3rd, 2009 at 4:11 pm

I actually think the remixes diminish the Sade-ness of the songs… it turns them into basic grooves rather than the lush, ambient emotional musical experiences that they are… listening to the remixes made me wish I was listening to the originals.

Stephanie Renee Says:
February 4th, 2009 at 2:55 pm

Admittedly, this is my first foray back to the blog since 2009 started, but I am reminded why I always return. Kalamu, I am sorry that you never got a chance to experience the wonder of Sade live. It does my heart good to see a fully multi-generational, multiculti sold-out assemblage of humanity at ANY show, but Sade’s crowds unapologetically fir that bill and remind me of the possibilities of soul music. The kind that reaches deeply and touches people beyond bias. Now if we can only replicate that feeling more often.

warjoy Says:
March 16th, 2010 at 4:50 pm

Just a wonder

Grey Wolfq Says:
September 2nd, 2010 at 8:40 pm

Her voice and beauty has captivated me since I first heard Smooth Operator. What Beauty, What Love. What an artist.

David Cull Says:
September 6th, 2010 at 11:47 am


I couldn’t agree with you more. Your assessment is right on and down to earth. Sade has class, integrity, and talent. I only wish all artists could follow her. My step son was born in Nigeria, it must be the water LOL. seriously though she acts like she has nothing to prove to anyone but herself and it shows. Thanks Sade you area a true mentor and I LOVE your music.

Chris Knowles Says:
October 26th, 2010 at 6:57 pm

I love her music and finnally we have someone like her in Alicia Keys….But no one to me is as wonderfull as Sade…….IMy father is Bahamian and Mother from Spain…I was born in Florida/U.S. and my Fiance is mixed race….I am a singer for a reggae rock band and music IS MY LIFE!….Thank you Sade for getting me thru ruff patches in my life!


Chris Knowles from Florida

Mawutor Says:
December 24th, 2010 at 3:09 pm

My brother use to play her songs when i was a little boy. When i grew up i spent a lot of time looking for her name and music until recently that i got it. Am very happy cos it reminds me also of my childhood. I your music.

Patrick J Says:
January 3rd, 2011 at 8:23 am

Sade is a class of her own. There is no other artist (and never been) that produced music like hers. She has a unique soul/neo-soul style of music that I really like. I agree that her artistic qualities are very high, exceeding all expectations. She’s awesome in every artistic aspect. I wish to experience her live one day, maybe if there’s an European tour!

George R. Says:
January 23rd, 2011 at 8:54 pm

She is the absolute classiest and finest female artist. Every time I see her perform, I regret not having taken the time to see her in concert. A trully marvellous performer, an srtist of the highest quality, I have never heard anyone say anything negative about her. A woman of substance and integrity as well. We win. I am honored to have been in her lifetime.

Sade Says:
February 14th, 2011 at 11:33 pm

ahhhhh i love this woman! i’m soooo glad we have the same name (yes, i’m Nigerian too) and I hope to be like her when i grow up! she is the epitome of class and grace.

Danyielle Spencer Says:
February 17th, 2011 at 1:58 pm

“By Your Side” is my favorite song, matter of fact it’s going to be wedding song.One day I want to be a ssinger and she’s one of my inspirations.AND SHE’S SO FREAKIN BEAUTIFULLLLLLLLLLLL

blackmatter Says:
May 24th, 2011 at 6:05 am

sade is the sun,and other artis are plants

Kevin Harris Says:
June 26th, 2011 at 10:22 am

After being a fan for more than 25 years, I saw Sade live for the first time last night! The say good things come to those who wait, and I’m so glad I had this opportunity! What more can I say about a woman and a band that hasn’t already been said by others here? Her early music carries memories of the most exciting years of my life – as a young soldier serving in Germany. I LOVE you Sade! You are so real and down to earth, and I can’t believe how great you look at 52!

David Lyon Says:
July 5th, 2011 at 9:00 am

Saw Sade in concert Sunday night 7/3/2011 in Connecticut……she is as beautuful in person as she sounds…Finally got to se my girl live….Love you Sade!!

Heidi Says:
July 16th, 2011 at 3:55 pm

I saw her concert last night, WOW! I have been to tons of concerts and hers last night was the best I have seen in 23 years of concert going. Sharp and architecturally perfect, from sound to color, visuals, all over an incredibly sophisticated 2 hours well enjoyed. Kudos to such an amazing tour and for her mysterious grace which she embodies impeccably.

Dian"songbird" Says:
July 18th, 2011 at 7:27 am

Sade !!! I love you! Saw you Live! Last night in
Concert. It was fabulous! You are Awesome . Plz
Don’t make us wait so long, to see you or
Hear your wonderful music.. I’m a singer and
You inspire me! Your musicians, stage presence
Words can’t express. Thanks!!!

Graham Says:
September 5th, 2011 at 7:03 am

Absolutely loved your concert in Vancouver BC on 13 August. You were magnificent!

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