In anticipation of their third album, French neo soul duo Les Nubians (sisters Helene and Celia Faussart) performed music from their new EP, Nu Revolutions at Le Poisson Rouge on Friday night (October 15).
Outfitted in cultural ensembles and face art, the duo sang a medley of their tunes that blend African rhythms, hip hop, soul, jazz, percussions, and perfect harmonies. Singing in French and English, they set off with songs from previous projects such as the soulful and jazzy “Makeda” from Princesses Nubiennes (1998), which is probably their most popular hit. But according to the ladies, Nu Revolution is all about a woman’s power; the power of the “P” as they put it. Having recorded the album in New York; Paris, France, and Detroit, they briefly spoke on politics and spirituality, self-love and the French culture –making it quite the enriching experience, which had music inspired by President Obama (“Liberte”), and another (“Les Gens”) featuring Brooklyn-based, Ghana-born emcee, Blitz the Ambassador –whose energy and delivery style is wickedly creative. Nevertheless, be on the lookout for Nu Revolution Jan-Feb 2011.