This iconic musician is releasing her first song in years – and it's for Disney

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Sade will be contributing to the soundtrack of A Wrinkle in Time.

It’s been eight years since Helen Folasade Adu stepped away from the stage. Following the 2010 release of Soldier of Love, the sixth album recorded under her iconic moniker ‘Sade,’ the Nigerian-British singer went on hiatus, with no clue as to when she might return. 

But now director Ava DuVernay has revealed Sade will be releasing a new track, exclusively for her upcoming science-fantasy film A Wrinkle In Time

A 59-year-old musician and former menswear designer, Sade sits in the pantheon of super-stellar UK performers. Diamond Life, her 1984 debut as Sade (also the name of the band she performs with), held the record for the bestselling first record by a female vocalist until 2008. 

Awarded a CBE for services to music in the Queen’s 2017 birthday honours list, she’s been cited as a musical inspiration by everyone from Beyoncé (who wrote her an open letter in 2012) to heavy metal musicians. Whole articles have been written on Sade’s influence on hip-hop, while Drake has not one, but two Sade tattoos

Alongside Sade, DuVernay has announced that the soundtrack for A Wrinkle in Time will also feature original music from Sia, duo Chloe x Halle and Demi Lovato. 

“My hope was to gather dynamic women artists to craft a majestic soundtrack for Meg’s journey,” the Oscar-nominated director tweeted last night, whilst unveiling the artists who’d contributed to the film. “WRINKLE IN TIME was made [with] love for young people [to] share ideas about being a light in this often dark world.”

The music for A Wrinkle in Time isn’t the only exciting thing about the Disney blockbuster. The first ever film with a budget of over $100 million to be directed by a woman of colour, it also stars an incredible female powerhouse cast. Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling will take lead roles in the cross-dimensional adventure as three astro-travellers who help a young girl rescue her astrophysicist father. 

Based on the beloved 1962 novel by Madeline L’Engle, the adaptation is set to be released on 23 March in UK cinemas and excitement is at fever pitch. Take a look a the trailer below to see why. 

Images: Rex Features


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Moya Lothian-McLean

Moya Lothian-McLean is a freelance writer with an excessive amount of opinions. She tweets @moya_lm.