Les Nubians

When they first surfaced in the late '90s, Les Nubians were something of a sensation, emerging with a neo-soul sound that combined Europop, African roots and pop, hip hop, jazz, and R&B. Sisters Hélène and Célia Faussart had a French father and Cameroonian mother, and split their childhoods between the Bordeaux region of France and Chad. By the time the duo released their third album, Nü Revolution (Shanachie), last year, they had achieved a new level of musical sophistication married with adventurous exploration. After kicking off the album with an African percussion workout, the Faussarts, singing in French and English, launch into the sleek "Liberté." An incendiary version of Manu Dibango's classic "Soul Makossa" juxtaposes the sisters' rhythmically charged vocals with Dibango himself adding vocal snipes and funky saxophone. "Afrodance" sounds like a sly and gritty cousin of Lipps, Inc.'s "Funkytown," while "Femme Polyandre" is a dose of sensuous trip-hop. (Photo by Marc Baptiste)
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, 7 p.m. Starts: June 26. Continues through June 27, 2012

 
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