In 1998, I had just moved to the DC area and naturally I jumped right into the concert scene. The first show I ever saw in DC was a free concert by Les Nubians. I had fallen in love with the French/English singing sister duo. Their songs Makeda and Tabou were on regular rotation on 96.3 WHUR. I do not speak French nor have I attempted to study it, but the way Les Nubians sing, language is not a barrier.
Les Nubians are sisters, Hélène and Célia Faussart from Paris, France. They are an eclectic blend of Hip Hop, Soul, Funk, and Jazz. Their first album Princesses Nubiennes introduced us to a sound that took you on a cultural voyage through the African Diaspora. Each song embodied a since of pride in their African background, the want for peace, and the need for love. Their second album, One Step Forward, blended Spoken Word with the musical style they had already established. The Grammy-nominated duo are soon returning with a new album entitled Nu Revolution and a tour in support of their new project. The first single Liberte is currently available for download on their website.
Check out JSD’s exclusive interview with Célia Faussart of Les Nubian, as she talks about Nu Revolution, fashion, and braves the JSD’s Speed Round. Be sure to check their website for tour information and the latest updates.
Les Nubians Interview: Part 1
Les Nubians Interview: Part 2