Thursday, May 01, 2014

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Les Nubians

Artist:Les Nubians
Album:Princesses Nubiennes

Considering they sing in French, Les Nubians has had a lot of success in the US R & B market. Makeda was their biggest hit in 1999. They are sisters. Helene Faussart was born in 1975 and Celine Faussart was born in 1979 in Bordeaux, France. Their father is French and mom is from the African country Cameroon. The family moved to the African country Chad and then returned to France when the girls were teens. They sang in local clubs as Les Nubians. A chance meeting with legendary jazz singer Abbey Lincoln encouraged the girls to sign with Virgin Records in Europe and Higher Octave in the US. Princesses Nubiennes was released in 1999. The single Makeda did very well on the R & B charts and in clubs despite the fact that the girls sing in French. The album was nominated for a Grammy and Les Nubians won the 1999 Soul Train Lady Of Soul award for Best New Artist. On their 2003 album One Step Forward, they worked with rapper Talib Kweli and Manu Dibango. They attempted to sing in English which I don't think was all that successful. Les Nubians left Virgin and now record for their own label Nubiatik with distribution by Shanachie Records. Their latest CD Nu Revolution was released in 2011 and features guest appearances by Eric Roberson and Manu Dibango. It looks like Les Nubians are now living in the US. Neo soul fans should check them out. Here's the video for Makeda by Les Nubians.

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