After 10 Years Sade Returns to Oakland

Sade in action. Photos and collage by Adam L. Turner.

By Malaika Bobino
and Adam L. Turner

One year ago the Sade tour was announced and ticket sales soared.  After ten years Sade returned to Oakland, for an unforgettable performance for a new generation of fans that have been exposed to her jazzy/soul music since the release of the first album, “Diamond Life. ”

As the house darkened to black, the suspenseful drums rolled for the “Soldier of Love” hit song, and the Nigerian born pop star rose slowly from beneath the stage to a cheering, sellout, standing ovation.  She rocked with her signature slicked back ponytail, red lipstick and dressed in all black.

During each performance a curtain and a screen showed various images of Sade in a late night scene in New York City, a cold winter’s night on a snowy covered street and a spring day in a garden.  A big sign read “Sade Live in Oakland” as she sang “Love is Stronger than Pride.”  A piano played while she wore a white dress surrounded by darkness to captivate a lonely night in the winter.

A new and improved Sade showed off sultry dance moves while her band showed off solo performances on the guitar, piano and drums.  She even performed several dance routines with her backup singers to shock many with more movement than she’s ever displayed in the past.

Sade’s “No Ordinary Love,” “Kiss of Life” and Smooth Operator” voice sounded no different than if you had played a CD in your car from ten years ago or from the last time she appeared in Oakland with her Lovers Live Tour in 2001.