If you like Afro-French rhythms, Poetry/Spoken Word, & Techno music, then you will love Les Nubians presents Echos * Chapter One: Nubian Voyager (the perfect fusion of art & passion) which dropped 10/04/05. I heard about the album on Giant Step & had to get is ASAP & could only find it on iTune to download, I knew that it would not be in my local stores. While driving to Detroit tonight I fell in love (well not love for real) with poets Queen GodIS, Jamarhl Crawford, & Nazeelah Jameson. The shit that they all had to say was deep & soulful, & relevant to anyone.

Anything that has the name Les Nubians on it has to be good, so that is why I did not hesitate buying it event though I am 2 weeks late getting it. I am also very pleased with the Les Nubians remixes of Embrasse moi & Demain both from Les Nubians 1st album Princesses Nubiennes.

While I speak no French at all, I sing along & become entranced in thought pondering what the hell I am saying; that’s how good Les Nubians is. All of the Poetry is in English which is a plus/bonus. The best pieces hands down are:

  • Freedom-Live Version by Queen GodIs
  • Fire by Queen GodIs
  • To the Queen by Jamarhl Crawford
  • Untitled Rhapsody – Live version by Nazeelah Jameson
  • The Death and the Living by Kasema Kalifah

To poets, this is a must have: FLAT OUT!!!

Here is the release description (found on Giant Step)

“They say that the scales of justice lean towards those who carry weight.” -Introduction to “Solide”

The natural beauties Helene and Celia Faussart of the Grammy-nominated French duo Les Nubians are embarking on a new chapter in their musical legacy with a remarkable project: ‘Echos, Chapter One: Nubian Voyager,’ a collection of poetic tales wrapped in Afro-soul and jazzy nuances. Along the way you will be introduced to local slam talents, French wordsmiths and the ancient tradition of the Griot, the sacred African storyteller and oral historian. As if that wasn’t enough, the album also features three new tracks including “Rendezvous” with John Banzai and previously unreleased live versions and remixes from their groundbreaking debut album, ‘Princesses Nubiennes.’

Conceived while on a boat journey to Nubia (a region of southern Egypt and Sudan in Africa), the poems all come together to form one narrative – the story of the “Nubian Voyager.” On songs like “NYC,” “Fire” and “Heaven” relevant themes of our times like race and poverty are raised. The album features passionate words and vocals in both French and English. Well known local US poets include Kasema Kalifah (Atlanta), Queen GodIs (New York/Brooklyn), Jamarhl Crawford (Boston), Chuma & Fisiwe (Atlanta/Brooklyn) and Nazelah Jameson (Oakland). Whether or not you speak French, the flow of songs convey the passion and soul of this unique project that is rooted in native African musical tradition and will undoubtedly become a part of the fabric of your life too.

I hope that one day I can catch Les Nubians live!!!

Link to NPR Interview