The Diva Debate is a segment of The Starting Five where two iconic African-American women from the world of entertainment, sports, etc. are paired — leaving our readers free to debate.
This week’s segment focuses on iconic songsbirds, Anita Baker and Sade.
Seven albums, eight Grammy Awards and a multitude of fans at her back, Anita Baker was one of the unforgettable voices of the mid 80’s and 1990’s. If you close your eyes and listen to Baker you may find yourself sitting on the front pew on a Sunday morning or grooving in a smoke-filled cabaret. Baker’s alto tone is perfect for a catalog which features gospel and soul. The multi-platinum artist has returned to the music scene after a long hiatus. Baker is working on her eighth album ‘Only Forever’.
Seemingly hidden by the star power of Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson and Anita Baker, Sade Adu has more than held her own in an industry where becoming one of the forgotten ones isn’t hard. Although the Nigerian-born contralto doesn’t have the physical hardware of her contemporaries, she can boast of timeless music based on love, struggle, pain and hope — ranging from soft rock to jazz. Her fan base remains deep and committed. In 2002, she was awarded an Officer of the Order of the British Empire by Prince Charles.