On their new release, “Nu Revolution” (Shanachie), sisters and collaborators Helene and Celia Faussart continue to explore the music fusion that their sound is all about: the blend between the music of their African ancestors, French contemporary pop and American soul.
The new album comes after a long hiatus from the studio caused by a break with their original label and also by the duo’s relentless touring. But it was definitely worth the wait—the record presents a collection of great genre-busting tunes that run the gamut between African-inspired grooves, hip-hop and even electronic-inflected bossa nova (the incredibly catchy “Liberté”).
Les Nubians have great energy on stage, and they connect with their live audiences with their great charisma.They sometimes address political issues that are close to their hearts—during a show on their 2009 tour, Celia Faussart cited the racial problems of their native France by saying, “France is built on the principles of liberty, equality and fraternity, but when are we getting that?” The music, however, is at the core of their performance. (Ernest Barteldes)
May 14 at The Shrine, 2109 South Wabash, (312)753-5681, 9pm. $25.