Les Nubians “Nü Revolution”

Les Nubians, consisting of Paris-born sisters Hélène and Célia Faussart, return to the world stage with the release of their third album, Nü Revolution, on April 19th via Shanachie Entertainment.


The Grammy nominated duo fully delivers on the promise of their breakthrough efforts with a relentlessly enchanting and energized mix of R&B, hip-hop, African music and other world elements.

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“The main difference between this album and the others,” muses Hélène, “is that Nü Revolution is more uptempo. This album is a celebration of life! We wanted to bring and spread this energy, this joy in a time of uncertainty.”

Indeed Nü Revolution may be the most impressive representation of Les Nubians’ Afropean Soul to date. Featuring special guests ranging from African music legend Manu Dibango, whose “Soul Makossa” crossover classic gets a politically charged make-over, to indie soul icon Eric Roberson, with South African pop stars Freshly Ground, Ghanian-American MC Blitz The Ambassador and Polish MC John Banzaï along for the ride. Somehow, Les Nubians manage to make the blend of so many diverse elements seem logical and organic; it flows quite naturally from their multicultural lives.

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The infectiously funky dance track “Afrodance” expresses this reality by celebrating hairstyles as an expression of personal style and cultural identity. “Your hair is a statement of who you are and how you live with your true nature,” Célia notes. “Our mother always said ‘natural is beautiful’ but it’s not easy to cope with everyday! And, yes, it is a political statement saying who we are and that we will not compromise. This message has been used the same way during the 70’s as a symbol of liberation, destruction of the old establishment and affirmation of identity.”

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Les Nubians recently premiered a video for the track “Veuillez Veiller Sur Vos Rêves” which translates to “Don’t Let Your Dreams Fall Asleep.” Long time word companion John Banzaï shares this abstract poetry about nourishing your inside life and imagination while J.Period brings the laid-back beat as a response to the madness of our world.

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Nü Revolution embodies, both through music and lyrics, a true sense of ‘World Citizenship.’ “Liberté,” for instance, is inspired by the general shift signaled by Barack Obama’s election as President and is dedicated to Dr. Martin Luther King. Les Nubians do not neglect love or romance. “Déjà vu,” with guest vocal by Eric Roberson tells of a man and woman meeting in a club while “Fraîcheur Souhaité (Freshness Desired)” presents romantic longing through a personals ad. Nü Revolution also delivers provocative messages, as on “Femme Polyandre (Polyandrous Woman).” “Polyandrous woman” is the female version of a polygamous man,” Les Nubians explain.

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Free song: Liberté


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Catch Les Nubians in the following cities.

April
21- Philadelphia, PA @ Kimmel Center for Performing Arts
29- New York, NY @ BB King’s

May
14- Chicago, IL @ The Shrine
17- Seattle, WA @ The Triple Door
18- Seattle, WA @ The Triple Door
19- San Francisco, CA @ Yoshi’s (2 shows)
20- San Francisco, CA @ Yoshi’s (2 shows)
22- San Diego, CA @ Anthology

Tracks:
Nü Revolution Intro
Liberté
Nü Revolution
Fraîcheur Souhaité (Freshness Desired)
Nü Soul Makossa ft. Manu Dibango
Les Gens ft. Blitz the Ambassador
Afrodance
Déjà vu (Already You) ft. Eric Roberson Veuillez Veiller Sur Vos Rêves (J.Period Remix) ft. John Banzaï
Vogue Navire (Sail On)
Femme Polyandre (Polyandrous Woman)
Je M’en Occupe (I’m Taking Care Of It)
M’Bengue (A Letter From…)
Africa For The Future ft. Freshly Ground

Les Nubians, consisting of Paris-born sisters Hélène and Célia Faussart, return to the world stage with the release of their third album, Nü Revolution, on April 19th via Shanachie Entertainment. The Grammy nominated duo fully delivers on the promise of their breakthrough efforts with a relentlessly enchanting and energized mix of R&B, hip-hop, African music and other world elements.”The main difference between this album and the others,” muses Hélène, “is that Nü Revolution is more uptempo. This album is a celebration of life! We wanted to bring and spread this energy, this joy in a time of uncertainty.” 

Indeed Nü Revolution may be the most impressive representation of Les Nubians’ Afropean Soul to date. Featuring special guests ranging from African music legend Manu Dibango, whose “Soul Makossa” crossover classic gets a politically charged make-over, to indie soul icon Eric Roberson, with South African pop stars Freshly Ground, Ghanian-American MC Blitz The Ambassador and Polish MC John Banzaï along for the ride. Somehow, Les Nubians manage to make the blend of so many diverse elements seem logical and organic; it flows quite naturally from their multicultural lives.

The infectiously funky dance track “Afrodance” (http://soundcloud.com/giant-step-nyc/afrodance) expresses this reality by celebrating hairstyles as an expression of personal style and cultural identity. “Your hair is a statement of who you are and how you live with your true nature,” Célia notes. “Our mother always said ‘natural is beautiful’ but it’s not easy to cope with everyday! And, yes, it is a political statement saying who we are and that we will not compromise. This message has been used the same way during the 70’s as a symbol of liberation, destruction of the old establishment and affirmation of identity.”

Les Nubians recently premiered a video for the track “Veuillez Veiller Sur Vos Rêves” (view: http://vimeo.com/16628739) which translates to “Don’t Let Your Dreams Fall Asleep.” Long time word companion John Banzaï shares this abstract poetry about nourishing your inside life and imagination while J.Period brings the laid-back beat as a response to the madness of our world.

Nü Revolution embodies, both through music and lyrics, a true sense of ‘World Citizenship.’ “Liberté,” for instance, is inspired by the general shift signaled by Barack Obama’s election as President and is dedicated to Dr. Martin Luther King. Les Nubians do not neglect love or romance. “Déjà vu,” with guest vocal by Eric Roberson tells of a man and woman meeting in a club while “Fraîcheur Souhaité (Freshness Desired)” presents romantic longing through a personals ad. Nü Revolution also delivers provocative messages, as on “Femme Polyandre (Polyandrous Woman).” “Polyandrous woman” is the female version of a polygamous man,” Les Nubians explain.

Catch Les Nubians in the following cities.

March
17- Washington, DC @ La Maison Francaise
18- Washington, DC @ La Maison Francaise
April
21- Philadelphia, PA @ Kimmel Center for Performing Arts
29- New York, NY @ BB King’s
May
14- Chicago, IL @ The Shrine
17- Seattle, WA @ The Triple Door
18- Seattle, WA @ The Triple Door
19- San Francisco, CA @ Yoshi’s (2 shows)
20- San Francisco, CA @ Yoshi’s (2 shows)
22- San Diego, CA @ Anthology

Tracks: Nü Revolution Intro
Liberté
Nü Revolution
Fraîcheur Souhaité (Freshness Desired)
Nü Soul Makossa ft. Manu Dibango
Les Gens ft. Blitz the Ambassador
Afrodance
Déjà vu (Already You) ft. Eric Roberson Veuillez Veiller Sur Vos Rêves (J.Period Remix) ft. John Banzaï
Vogue Navire (Sail On)
Femme Polyandre (Polyandrous Woman)
Je M’en Occupe (I’m Taking Care Of It)
M’Bengue (A Letter From…)
Africa For The Future ft. Freshly Ground

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