Originally published at DetroitFashionPages.com
I first encountered Les Nubians in 1998 at a listening station in the now defunct Tower Records store in Nashville, Tennessee. I pressed the play button while examining the cover art of the Afropean soul duoÃ¢Â€Â™s debut album, Princesses Nubiennes.
As the first track, “Demain”, faded from African rhythms into a jazzy hip hop groove, a sultry female voice sang to me in French, “Tu crois que le monde est a toi/ QuÃ¢Â€Â™il tÃ¢Â€Â™appartient.” Suddenly, I was the mirror image of the RCA/Victor dalmatian, head cocked to one side in disbelief. I had never heard anything like this before.
I listened to one verse and one chorus, and then pressed stop. I didnÃ¢Â€Â™t want to hear any more. I immediately walked to the counter, and bought the album. I have been a Les Nubians devotee ever since.
IÃ¢Â€Â™m sure this experience was not a unique one. Over the years, Les Nubians have been embraced by listeners around the world as they have released three albums, and garnered a long list of accomplishments. Continue reading