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Sade: Smooth Jazz from the Smooth Operator

Review of recent concert by singer at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA

Sade performing at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on June 19, 2011
Sade performing at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on June 19, 2011
Sade performing at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on June 19, 2011
Sade performing at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on June 19, 2011
Sade performing at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on June 19, 2011
Sade performing at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on June 19, 2011
Sade performing at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on June 19, 2011

On Sunday, June 19, 2011, the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA was packed with fans “dressed to the nines” and cheering the moment the lights went down as they prepared to enjoy the smooth sounds of Sade after a 10 year hiatus. Sade was confident, gracious and poised as she stepped out on stage in her signature black outfit, sleek low ponytail, bold red lips, and silver hoop earrings. She started her set with “Soldier of Love,” the title track from her 2010 album. Fans stayed on their feet, as Sade’s moved fluidly across the stage singing with a voice that has not aged a day.

Her repertoire of songs included selections from Soldier of Love as well as many classics including “Is It a Crime,” “Paradise,” “Stronger than Pride,” “Sweetest Taboo,” “No Ordinary Love,” “Cherish The Day” and “Jezebel.” Her band played fierce keyboard, guitar and alto sax solos that fittingly accompanying Sade’s fabulous voice. The intricate stage setting for each song was eye candy for the audience.

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