Nigerian-British singer Helen Folasade Adu, or Sade Adu, often blends Afro-Cuban tunes with soul and smooth jazz in her music. The Grammy Award winner had initially studied fashion designing and been a model. The founder of the band Sade, she has released iconic tracks such as No Ordinary Love.
Jazz singer and dancer, Cab Calloway, was a famous vocalist of the swing era. From the early 1930s to the late 1940s, he led a very popular band that included musicians like Dizzy Gillespie, Jonah Jones, and Adolphus "Doc" Cheatham. A man of color, he became the first African-American musician to sell a million records from a single song.
David Knopfler is a British singer and songwriter. He is credited with founding the popular rock band Dire Straits. David Knopfler embarked upon a solo career after leaving Dire Straits in the early 1980s. He then went on to release albums like Release, Behind the Lines, and Lips Against the Steel.
As a teenager, Polish singer Andrzej Zaucha was a master in canoeing. Her later worked as a typesetter. Though never trained in music, he delivered hits such as Byłaś serca biciem. He was killed by French director Yves Goulais, who suspected him of having an affair with his wife.
Born into a musical family, Icelandic jazz icon Anna Mjöll began playing the guitar at age 6 and wrote her first song at 8. She mastered the cello and piano pretty early too and went on to perform at the 1996 Eurovision Song Contest. The Sorbonne alumna later moved to the US to perform.