Princesses Nubiennesby Les Nubians
Fans of Zap Mama, Sade and/or Soul II Soul will probably flip for this sister duo from Bordeaux, France. Though they tend to get billed as a hip-hop act, their music is much more complex than that: it's smooth like Sade (but much more melodically interesting), bass-heavy like Soul II Soul (but much more lyrically interesting), and "Afropean" like Zap Mama (but much less interesting; sorry ladies). "Demain," the lead-off track on Princesses Nubiennes, is a smooth jazz groove that is more tasty than nourishing, but there's a fair amount of both textural and lyrical complexity to "Makeda." "Tabou" is actually an adapted (and, frankly, much improved) version of Sade's "Sweetest Taboo" that features some excellent French rapping. "Embrasse-Moi" is both excruciatingly sexy and highly rhythmically sophisticated. Sure, they have a mildly distressing tendency to layer everything with an ultra-smooth surface sheen, but it's forgivable; chances are good that they'll rough things up a bit as they mature. In the meantime, just give up and wallow in the succulent loveliness of tracks like "Demain" and "Les Portes du Souvenir."
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- Parlophone (Wea)
Performance CreditsNubians Primary Artist
Michel Alibo Bass
Gary Belfield Saxophone
Phil Hudson Guitar
Adrian Reid Piano
Thomas Dyani Percussion
Everton Nelson Violin
Andy Nice Viola
Andy Hamill Bass
Catherine Browning Violin
Sally Ward Violin
Chris Henry Drums
Brian G. Wright Violin
John Thompson Bass
Technical CreditsLee Hamblin Programming
Sophie Masson Engineer
Mounir Belkhir Programming
Pascal Garnon Engineer
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Didn't know french-now I do. I got the cd on the strength of ''Makeda''. That one single was enough to interest me in buying the whole masterpiece. You know how you just know you're going to like something? Well it came through with flying colors. I know every word of every song and I hear the rhythms in my sleep. That french rapping in ''Taboo'' was da bomb! Exotic language,intoxicating music. I would love to perform with them one day. I got my other peeps turned on to this also. I believe people should embrace different kinds of music. Ladies, I'm waiting on that second cd,but if you never put out another one...thank you for this one
I bought this album after I saw the ''makeda'' video on BET and I have worn it out. In fact, I'm singing french! Every track is da bomb. Uplifting and moving in every note, rhythm, and feeling. I can't really describe it to you. Just buy the album, you won't be disappointed
The Cd is great..........I have no idea what they're sayin' but,I still love it. I printed out the lyrics so that I could have a feel 2 what there singing about. The music is very relaxing, they are great and I hope they keep up the great work.
I bought this CD and I put somewhere and i forgot about it. recntly i found it,and i luve it! the music is so catchy. sometimes i end up singing the songs in class and my friends look and me and think wat the hell is she saying. its great because i am french so i no wat there are saying.
I think that that this is one of the most original works by any contemporary artist in a long time. I think that stockpeople will have a difficult time deciding where to shelve this one.
I just bought this CD, and while I can appreciate the other reviews that go into complex musical assessment of the tracks, the entire CD is quite simply BEAUTIFUL. The music reminds me of the music played in Sephora stores. Upon entering you automatically feel sexy, international, and culturally hip. A glass of wine, Vogue magazine, and this CD- instantly unwinds. Most lovely.