This performance is part of a larger event on August 2, 2014 as part of the Grand Performances series, free events held at the California Plaza in downtown LA.
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LES NUBIANS’ AFROPEAN REVOLUTION: THE SOUND OF A MULTICULTURAL NEW WORLD
NÜ REVOLUTION CD FEATURES SPECIAL GUESTS MANU DIBANGO, ERIC ROBERSON, BLITZ THE AMBASSADOR, FRESHLY GROUND, JOHN BANZAÏ
Nü Revolution: Nü for New Universe, this new world as World Citizens that we are. In Revolution, in motion. In the word Revolution, there is Rêve which in French means Dreams. The Evolution of the Dream, of our Dream for a better world, a better Self. In Evolution, there’s the evolution through Eve, the woman. We were princesses becoming Queens with Grace, Strength, Responsibilities, Unconditional Love and Care for our Community: The World, The Universe. Full Circle” –Les Nubians
In a world where teenagers in West Africa and Eastern Europe can share videos and mp3s on youtube, a Sri Lankan urbanite is transformed by hip-hop and an American deejay re-mixes sounds out of a Brazilian favela, it is undeniable that the completely interconnected global village has arrived. As a result, a new wave of artists from around the world, conversant with and connected to ancient traditions as well as the latest technology, has emerged. Artists such as M.I.A., Zap Mama, Manu Chao, Michael Franti, Nneka, Gogol Bordello, Rachid Taha and many others mix and match musical elements and cultural experiences, often with hip-hop the lingua franca. Very often the mix is rooted in the multiple strands of the African diaspora. One of the leaders of this trend has been Les Nubians, who managed the difficult trick of scoring an urban radio hit with French language neo-soul–the first time that had ever been done. Suddenly Les Nubians, consisting of two bi-cultural sisters from France, Hélène and Célia Faussart–were being hailed as one of the most appealing and innovative artists on the urban music scene world-wide. There followed a near gold-selling album, collaborations with the likes of Talib Kweli and the Red, Hot and Riot collective, and Grammy nominations. Then suddenly they seemed to disappear but all along they were busy refining their craft. Now Les Nubians return with Nü Revolution, their highly-anticipated third album to be released on April 19, 2011 by Shanachie Entertainment. It fully delivers on the promise of their breakthrough efforts with a relentlessly enchanting and energized mix of R & B, hip-hop, African music and other world elements.