Nü Revolution (Shanachie, 2011)
Afro-French duo Les Nubians are back with their third album, Nu Revolution, a delectable mix of Afropop, neosoul, hip hop, romantic songs and funk. Paris-born sisters Hélène and Célia Faussart are behind Les Nubians.
“The main difference between this album and the others,” says 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.”
The most attractive pieces are the ones with deeper African roots, such as ‘Nü Soul Makossa,’ featuring Cameroonian music legend Manu Dibango. Other guests in the album include soul icon Eric Roberson, who appears on ‘Deja Vous’; South African pop stars Freshly Ground, who contribute the Afropop piece ‘Africa For The Future’; Ghanaian-American rapper MC Blitz The Ambassador and Polish MC John Banzaï.
“Afrodance” celebrates 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’ Nü Revolution is a diverse and beautifully crafted collection of pieces by one of the leading acts in French neosoul and Afropop.
Watch the ‘Veuillez Veiller Sur Vos Reves’ music video by Les Nubians, featuring John Banzaï.
Buy the album:
- In North America: Nü Revolution. Other recordings available: Princesses Nubiennes, One Step Forward, Les Nubians Presents Echos
- In Europe: Other recordings available: Princesses Nubiennes, One Step Forward, Les Nubians Presents Echos Chapter One: Nubian Voyager
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.