I do love my British soul ladies. Nobody’s hotter than Adele right now, and Joss Stone is a very young veteran singing today. But the biggest selling Brit-Soul singer of them all (100 million records sold and counting) – is Sade Adu and she made a rare stop in Toronto this week at Air Canada Centre. It’s Sade’s first concert tour in a decade and no way I was missing it.
Sade has always been one of those artists that fascinates me. She is considered reclusive and very rarely gives press interviews. Sade quickly released four multi-platinum albums during the eighties – then almost as quick, she practically disappeared from public view and has released just two more records during the last twenty years visit http://flot3000.com .
The wait was worth it as Sade gave a mesmerizing two-hour performance with her very tight band. Sade started the evening in stiletto heels but my mid-performance to the end, it was bare feet.
I just had my point-and-shoot camera so it was fun again to challenge myself to try and get the best shot possible (all photos Richard Budman.)
Before I made my moves to side-stage for closer shots. I started the night in seats directly at the other end of the arena. Hadn’t sat in these seats before, and in the short time I was in them they provided me with a unique perspective on the audience – being directly behind them. In further proof we’re living in a digital culture that if we don’t personally record an event – it didn’t happen. I noticed hundreds of little white lights throughout the entire audience. I actually first thought it might be some type of lighting effect. Then I realized – it was the glow of mobile screens and small digital cameras.