Sade Or Anita Baker

Sade Or Anita Baker

  • Sade

    Votes: 168 58.3%
  • Anita Baker

    Votes: 120 41.7%

  • Total voters


Rising Star
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Who was the better (or your favorite) jazzy/r&b singer of the 80's between the two?

Helen Folasade Adu OBE (born 16 January 1959; better known as Sade), is a British singer-songwriter, composer, and record producer. She first achieved success in the 1980s as the frontwoman and lead vocalist of the Brit and Grammy Award winning English group Sade.

Anita Baker (born January 26, 1958 in Toledo, Ohio and raised in Detroit, Michigan) is an American R&B/soul jazz singer-songwriter. To date, Baker has won eight Grammy Awards, and has four platinum albums and two gold albums to her credit.
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Anita all day. Anita's voice is so soulful. :smh: :yes:

You can throw on a "I love you just because" or "Same Old Love" hell even in 2012 Anita has it by a country mile.


Rising Star
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Anita...I love me some Sade but Anita is on another level when it comes to vocals.

darth frosty

Dark Lord of the Sith
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This is the back of anita she comes to see Sade in concert:yes:

This is Sade owning the stage!



The R&B Master
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Anita Baker not even close. Anita could sing her ass off, especially on stage. Dominated the late 80s and early 90s.

Sade's band makes her enjoyable, that damn band rocks. But two entirely different artist. Sade will win this because she's more current.


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Man I've seen Anita Baker in concert twice at Radio City and at Westbury Music Fair. You knew she wasn't lip synching cause she was taking requests and would sing while talking. Trust me when I say she sounded EXACTLY LIKE HER CD. Her voice was perfect. Also she had the crowd in the palm of her hand. That sista is TALENTED.

Damian Stone

I saw a real UFO....
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Pure vocals: Anita

Sade for me though, more my style, I was never into RnB that much, no exposure growing up in Canada.

Then again African-Americans are impossible to beat vocal/soul wise, there no equivalent elsewhere on the planet.


Rising Star
Strange....It seems like most of the posters choose Anita and yet Sade is winning. I love Anita Baker but Sade has a sound I would follow anywhere.:D


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Man, to me these two aren't even comparable.

Sade DOESN'T have the vocal range of . . . well, A WHOLE LOT of talented Black female vocalists. Anita Baker wins in the singing talent dept.

But SADE?! . . . SADE! She's not a 'voice' she's a SOUND. Her shit is very gestalt. It's that awesome band of her's, the powerful lyrics, and that special voice and tone of hers combined that makes a SADE. It remains to be seen but, put out her band without her, and you get 'Sweetback'. Which is VERY cool, but c'mon, not LEGENDARY. I'm gonna say the same for her.

Now Anita, that voice, she can do vocal gymnastics whenever and wherever she wants. But as a 'sound' almost nobody is fucking with SADE.



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I thought this was a who would you rather bone thread, which would have made it easy...Most will say Anita, but if I throw on Is It a Crime (recorded or live) can only get as good as that..getting better is damn near impossible


Rising Star
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Anita all day. Anita's voice is so soulful. :smh: :yes:

You can throw on a "I love you just because" or "Same Old Love" hell even in 2012 Anita has it by a country mile.
Yes, yes yes.
I swear if I were stranded on an island and I could only listen to one artist, it would be Anita Baker. :yes:


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Not a good comparison.
Sade is a 'song stylist' of her own songs that she and her band compose and perform. It is basically a hermetically sealed unit. We just lost the “reference standard” of female singers in Whitney. Whitney in her prime could of sung any style or genre of music with ease— Gospel, R&B, Rock, Jazz, Blues, whatever. Her producers and she kept her closely confined in Pop-R&B — but if they wanted to they could have had Whitney sing an album full of hit ‘cover songs’ by various artists and it would have worked. Whitney’s famous rendition of the national anthem is emblematic of her ability to make a well-known song her own in an inimitable style. Anita Baker while not the singer Whitney was also is a singer who can sing many different styles and genres. Sade has to stay inside of her beautifully created hermetically sealed ‘Sade & Band’ unit. Sade would not be singing the national anthem. Anita would do a great job singing it. Anita or Whitney could walk onto a show like Letterman and using the house band perform an excellent rendition of Stevie Wonder’s gold standard song “You Are The Sunshine Of My Life” with just one rehearsal. Sade, not so much, she’s knotted to her excellent band and their particular sound.


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Personally I couldn't choose - but I will say it's a bit of an apples and oranges thing for me - Anita is a "deep-forever-and-a-day-love" singer - Sade is more of a "get-in-the-mood n get it on" singer - their voices and individual singing styles fit and reflect the songs they sing.