Musicians You Should Know: Les Nubians

Basic Facts

Born: 1975 and 1979 (sisters), Paris, France
Type of Performer: Singers 
Genre: R&B, reggae, Afropean

About Les Nubians

Sisters Hélène and Célia Faussart were born in the late 1970s in Paris, France. They moved with their parents to Chad in 1985, where they stayed for seven years before moving back to Bordeaux, France. Upon their return, they began singing and producing poetry slams in Paris and Bordeaux. At first, they sang a cappella due to difficulty in finding backing musicians, but their unique sound led to a contract with Virgin Records, France. Their debut record, Princesses Nubiennes, was released in 1998 and went on to earn a GRAMMY nomination. They also won the 1999 Soul Train Lady of Soul Award for Best New Artist and received two NAACP Image Award nominations in 2000. They have since become one of the biggest French-language music groups in the United States, thanks to their emphasis on hip hop, soul, and R&B. In 2003, they released their second album, which was recorded primarily in English as a reflection of their new home. More recently, they released an EP in 2010 and a full length album, Nü Revolution, in 2011. They now live in Brooklyn, New York and continue to tour internationally. 




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