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Les Nubians

An unconventional female duo that came out of Bordeaux, France, in the 1990s, Les Nubians offered a jazzy, sophisticated style of R&B that combined French lyrics with the influence of Sade, Soul II Soul, hip-hop, and African pop. The duo consists of sisters Helene and Celia Faussart, who were born in France to a French father and a Cameroonian mother. After living in France as children, the siblings moved with their parents to the African country of Chad in 1985, when Helene (born 1975) was ten and Celia (born 1979) was six. The sisters lived in Chad for seven years before returning to France as teenagers. Helene and Celia had been singing most of their lives, and when they first formed Les Nubians, they were an a cappella group that specialized in covers of R&B, reggae, and African songs. Eventually, they started working with bands and performing original material. Helene and Celia absorbed a variety of music along the way, and they have expressed admiration for artists ranging from Ella Fitzgerald and Abbey Lincoln to the Fugees and African icons Miriam Makeba and Fela Kuti. Their promising debut album, Princesses Nubiennes, was released by Virgin worldwide in France, Switzerland, and Belgium in June 1998 before coming out on Omtown/Higher Octave in the U.S. in September of that year. It became America's most successful French-language album in more than a decade, and Les Nubians also graced recordings by Talib Kweli and Black Eyed Peas, as well as a Red Hot tribute to Fela Kuti, Red, Hot & Riot. Sessions for their second album brought the pair to Jamaica, Cameroon, London, and Paris, including a host of intriguing collaborators: top underground rapper Talib Kweli, fellow Cameroonian Manu Dibango, pianist Ray Lema, and broken-beat maestro IG Culture. The results appeared as One Step Forward, released in March 2003 by Higher Octave. In 2004, they recorded the track "Going All the Way" featuring reggae star Beres Hammond for UNITY: The Official Athens 2004 Olympic Games album. In 2005, Les Nubians issued Nubians Present Echoes, Chapter One, a collection of spoken word pieces by poets and hip-hop artists from the U.S., France, and Africa. The duo also covered "With or Without You," for inclusion on the compilation In the Name of Love: Africa Celebrates U2, in 2008. Les Nubians finally re-entered the recording studio in 2010, emerging with the EP Nü Revolution Nubiatic in the latter part of the year and the full-length, Nü Revolution in the spring of 2011. ~ Alex Henderson and Thom Jurek, Rovi
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These ladies got that seductive groove; Believe that!!
THAT FRENCH S**T IS SHARP AND SEXY , seems like I understand what they're saying and don't know anything in French except (WE) funny
Yes!!! Whatever y'all saying! Yes! Hotep
If u like this song check out Saravah and of course Makeda by Les Nubians. The melodies of their songs are so unique, a different flavor to the senses
Captivating! ! ! :-)
Thanks 4 the proposal! BTW,In case that u are wondering o said yes to anyone of the two lovely sistahs!!!!!
Yes Yes she took SADE's TABOU and put a different twist on it I like it
All of their music is so sexy. Even though I can't understand a word they are saying I can get enuff. All smiles.
They're playing in LA, Oct 19 at the Luckman Theatre
La plus belle chanson que j'ai jamais entendue
Wow....I just love love these sistah here...AWSOM E group
I have loved this group from the first minute I heard them.... #LovelyMusic :)
love them
jalliq21
wonderful.
Great music to listen to while having a glass of wine...while cooking a great dinner-)
love love them
info65047
Aimez-les beaucoup!!!!
ladyfox411
Can never get enough of their musique!
LOVE THESE SISTERS MUSIC !!!!!!!!!!!
I first heard them driving on the coast in L.A. and feel in love
Great Songs!
The first time I heard Les Nubiennes I was in a boutique store on Haight Street (San Francisco). They were playing the "Princesses Nubiennes" CD. I loved what I was hearing so much that I asked the store clerk what CD was playing. When she gave me the name I asked if they had it in the store. She said yes. So I went to the CD section found the CD and bought it right then & there.
quality muzik
great2be0
I love Les Nubrians...I bought the 1998 record - Princesses Nubiennes - and when I listen to it now, it's still sounds fresh. Great beats, beautiful voices, sultry lyrics. Bravo darlings!
They'll be in Chicago at the The Shrine this Saturday.
Saw these fabulous ladies now on tour in Philadelphia - they are better than ever! What an awesome show - got to meet and greet and pose for photos with my daughters and I. They are gracious and sweet in person - go see them and wait an hour if you have to so you can meet them.
two of the best jazz,R&B,rap , r e g g a e albums I have heard in a long while still have not found anything that comes close.
is there and english version of makeda?
jamesdoeshai r
When they came out I didn't want to listen to anything else! I gave away and re-purchased their debut cd four times because friends and clients were so enchanted by their lovely voices... WHERE ARE YOU HELENE AND CELLIA?!?! Waiting patiently for your third album...
James
We Love!
So relaxing.... .
i've been listening to them since they came out. their music has no expiration; it always sounds current. just like good music should.
s_cathel
Just stumbled across them...wow! Beautiful music moves the heart no matter the language.
I totally love them and even though I don't speak french, since their diction is so crisp and clear, I sing their songs like if I am a french.
I love these ladies.My mother brought their first album Princesses Nubiennes back when it first came out and I learned almost all the words. I don't speak a lick of French but they're music is just that good.
I love their music as well. I wish I knew french so I could sing to it for real. I still try though lol :-)
trina_dst
Even though I dont speak French, I love their music.
Vocal artistry that transcends language barriers.Bea u t i f u l
n.alicea76
There amazing. I'm an author and love to have them in the background to give me the inspiration and tranquility I need.
they rock it always.
LOVE THESE GIRLS
Great music to drive with on a sunny afternoon with the top down.
Sophisticate d voices, diasporic voices. love 'em since their first album.
where are they now? we could use more of their music!
lavonteoctav i o u s
Divine voices, the best cleanin music ever!
makeda was a cheater. lied. yet, this song is so beautiful.
almost forgot about them....love their work
tina83078
These ladies are amazing!
ladyfox411
i have liked them from the beginning
slord33459
I have their debut CD, the whole thing is fabulous. I wish they would add Shy'M and other French singers and rappers to the Pandora artists list. There is not enough francophone music on Pandora.
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