Les Nubians

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15 years of Afropean Soul at the Dakota with Les Nubians

 

 

by Junauda Petrus
Contributing Writer

“My daughter surprised me with tickets to your show tonight. I used to play your albums for her when she was a girl,” confided an excited fan to Helene Foussart, one half of Les Nubians after their performance at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis. “Now she is bringing me to see you all perform. It has come full circle!”

The woman’s daughter spoke to the way their music had inspired and shaped her as a young woman. Helene with a disarmingly warm smile, hugged each woman with intense gratitude.  Humbled by the impact of their music reflected in the appreciation of two generations of fans. Continue Reading →

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This Week’s Entertainment Spotlights

 

 

Les Nubians

Fri., Sept. 6, 7 pm • Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-332-1010 or www.dakotacooks.com • With a distinctive “Afropean” sound and irresistible grooves,

Les Nubians have spent the last decade becoming the most popular French-speaking act in the U.S.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saul Williams

Thurs., Sept. 12, 10 pm • Icehouse, 2528 Nicollet Ave. S., Mpls., 612-276-6523 or www.icehousempls.com • Acclaimed poet, musician

and actor Saul Williams will be performing his blend of poetry and alternative hip hop

 

 

 

 

 

Dameun Strange, Guante, Shá Cage and E.G. Bailey, Mankwe, Lisa Brimmer and High Society

Fri., Sept. 13, 7 pm • Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave. Continue Reading →

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This week’s Entertainment spotlights!

 

 
The Music
 

 

 
Eve
Sun., Sept. 1, 10 pm • Epic, 110 N. 5th St., Mpls., 612-332-3742 or epicmpls.com • The Grammy Award winning rapper-songwriter, record producer and actress is touring in support of her fourth studio release Lip Lock – her first new release in over 10 years.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Minnesota State Fair
Through Sept. 2 • 1265 Snelling Ave N., St. Paul, 651-288-4400, www.mnstatefair.org • After you’re done visiting the Midway or the 100’s of animals on display in the barns, check out some of this year’s must-see acts: Sheila E, Aug., 29, Bandshell stage; Robert Randolf and the Family Band, Aug., 30 & 31, Bandshell stage and the Twin Cities’ own Chastity Brown, Sept. Continue Reading →

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Les Nubians bring more of their joyous revolution to Mpls

 
A CD review
By Stephani Maari Booker

Associate Editor

 

I’ve been a fan of Hélène and Célia Faussart, two French sisters of Cameroonian descent known as Les Nubians, since their first U.S. hit “Makeda” in 1998, a paean to the Queen of Sheba and all women of African descent. The album the song was from, Princesses Nubiennes (Virgin Records), was the biggest selling French-language album released in the U.S. in over 10 years. In May of last year, Les Nubians played two shows at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis. The sisters will return to the Dakota on June 26 and 27 for another two performances. The duo’s quick return to the Twin Cities is a good occasion to write about their most recent CD, Nü Revolution (Shanachie Records). Continue Reading →

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