Les Nubians is an afropean, urban, R&B grammy-nominated duo composed of the two sisters Hélène and Célia Faussart from Paris, France.
The women of Les Nubians were shaped by many influences. Les Nubians has its genesis in a small town in the South West region of France where the Paris-born sisters Hélène and Célia Faussart lived as teenagers after returning from several years’ residence with their parents in the African country of Chad. With a French father and a Cameroonian mother, Hélène and Célia experienced cultural dissonance in the rural Bordeaux region. After their father’s death, Célia joined her sister in Bordeaux and they helped found a cultural collective, Les Nouveaux Griots, a “griot” being a traditional African storyteller and historian, all with the goal of increasing awareness of African and Urban cultures.
In 2003, Les Nubians released their second album One Step Forward a conscious evolution of their style. They sang more in English on this album, largely as a result of their American experiences, which made them far more fluent in English.
Restlessly creative, the sisters graced 2005 not with a new Les Nubians album but with a spoken word project « Echos » (Nubiatik LLC / Licence Artemis – Triloka Records), that brought together talented spoken word artists under Les Nubians’ umbrella.