Real Music Thursday: Sade

To quote Bender from Futurama “I’m back, baby!”  I have really been slacking on making posts in this category.  I shall try to rectify that in the coming months.

So today’s Real Music Thursday comes from my favorite singer, Sade.  She and her band have been active on the music scene since 1983.   This song is called Pearls and it is on the 1992 album Love Deluxe.

I didn’t get this song when I was younger.  I thought it was hauntingly beautiful, but it took becoming an adult to appreciate it.   Sade juxtaposes the desolation of Somalian woman scraping pearls of grain on the roadside in the blazing sun with her Western gaze of lying in the sun for relaxation.   She cannot even comprehend the pain of it and can only compare it the pain of brand new shoes.

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