Thursday, June 5, 2008

Les Nubians-Princesses Nubiennes




If you don't understand French, then good luck understanding most of what Les Nubians say. Then again, you really don't have to know. These talented sisters from France sculpt one of the most winning world albums in decades, "Princesses Nubians," a blend of jazz, soul, funk and hip-hop.
Starting off with the smooth "Demain," Helene and Celia run the gamut with gentle European-influenced melodies ("Les Portes du Souvenir," the guitar-heavy "Voyager"), a couple of pleasant interludes, jazz (the upbeat "Makeda"), French-funk (the delicious "Tabou"), and poppy hip-hop (the only English track, the chipper "Sugar Cane").
French cool and African soul seem like an unlikely musical fusion, but Les Nubians manage it very well. It's fresh, unabashedly sweet-sounding and has a vibrancy missing from most music. What is more, these two have gathered a wealth of different musical influences and patched them together into a unique sound, without a dull moment. Dancy? Definitely. Lightweight? Absolutely not. 
Their vocals are smooth and strong; it doesn't matter for a second if you don't understand any French beyond "Garcon." There's enough emotion in their voices to tell you just what you should feel without the words. Heavy foot-thumping percussion is woven together with piano, acoustic guitar, saxophone and violins.
Rich and full of life, "Princesses Nubians" is a a rewarding collection of eclectic songs by a pair of deeply talented musicians. Elegant, sultry and highly recommended.


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6 comments:

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tswift98 said...

Excellent stuff

Bizzo Beats said...

excellent drop. this one is a must for any soul lovers catalog..

Sapphic Owl said...

Saw them in concert when I was about 16. Excellent!

Rindge Leaphart said...

I just blogged on these ladies. their music is great, to say the least.

http://rindgeleaphart.blogspot.com/2012/06/rindge-leaphart-thoughts-on-les-nubians.html

http://rindgeleaphart1.wordpress.com/

Rindge Leaphart

macelo adu said...

unas das garotas que acalma minha alma