Les Nubians

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Les Nubians
Les Nubians in 2003
Les Nubians in 2003
Background information
OriginBordeaux, France
GenresR&B, African, neo soul
Years active1998–present
LabelsNubiatik, Virgin, Higher Octave, Shanachie

Les Nubians is a French musical duo, composed of sisters Hélène and Célia Faussart from Paris, France. In 1985, the sisters moved with their parents to Chad.[1] Seven years later, they returned to Bordeaux, France, and began singing a cappella, producing poetry slams in Bordeaux and Paris, and singing background vocals for various artists worldwide. The duo's debut album Princesses Nubiennes was released by Virgin Records, France, in 1998.[1]

They have become one of the most successful French-language musical groups in the U.S., best known for their Billboard R&B Single "Makeda"[2] from their Grammy nominated album Princesses Nubiennes.[3] Les Nubians were the 1999 Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards winners for Best New Artist, Group or Duo and received two NAACP Image Awards nominations in 2000.[3]

In May 2020, the sisters were featured in the Visual Collaborative Polaris catalog. In a series titled TwentyEightyFour released during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, their interview announced a music single LIBERATION.[4] Rika Muranaka, Dakore Akande appeared in the same periodical.[5] The duo executive-produced Echos, Chapter One in 2005 on their label Nubiatik; a joint venture with Triloka Records. The project features artists from France, and the U.S. performing poetry and music from the urban edge. Echos, Chapter One: Nubian Voyager was released in 2006 as a book accompaniment to the CD.





  • Sueña (Sonrisa, 2010) feat Ana Torroja

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  1. ^ a b Colin Larkin, ed. (2000). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Nineties Music (First ed.). Virgin Books. p. 229. ISBN 0-7535-0427-8.
  2. ^ Hall, Rashaun (March 29, 2003). "Les Nubians Switch To English On 2nd Set". Billboard. p. 10.
  3. ^ a b "Artist to Artist: Les Nubians – Revolutionary Sisters of Soul". Soul Train. Retrieved 26 November 2011.
  4. ^ "Les Nubians". TwentyEightyFour. Visual Collaborative. Retrieved 15 May 2020.
  5. ^ "Les Nubians, Rika Muranaka, Chigul, Busie Matsiko-Andan, Coppé appear in TwentyEightyFour". The Guardian. No. Guardian Arts. 3 May 2020. Retrieved 15 May 2020.

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