Selma and 13th director Ava DuVernay revealed via Twitter Tuesday that she had successfully convinced Nigerian-British singer Sade to record new music. The legendary R&B artist who brought us “Smooth Operator” has returned from a seven-year hiatus to record original music for DuVernay’s forthcoming feature, A Wrinkle in Time, due out in theaters March 9.
This single, titled “Flower of the Universe,” marks Sade’s first recording since her 2010 album Soldier of Love. DuVernay talked about Sade’s musical contribution to the film on Twitter on Tuesday, saying that collaborating with the musician was “a dream come true.”
“I never thought she’d say yes, but asked anyway,” the director tweeted. “[Sade] was kind + giving. A goddess.”
Other musicians featured on the film’s soundtrack include Demi Lovato, Sia, Chloe x Halle, and Kehlani. The movie itself stars Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Chris Pine, Zach Galifianakis and many more. A Wrinkle in Time is the film adaptation of the ‘60s-era fantasy novel of the same name written by Madeleine L’Engle.
Revisit the trailer for the forthcoming film here and listen to a 1985 Sade interview from the Paste Cloud below.