LOS ANGELES, CA. March 04, 2000: French R&B duo LES NUBIANS - Helene & Celia Faussart - at the 14th Annual Soul Train Music Awards in Los Angeles. © Paul Smith / Featureflash Addl info: An unconventional female duo that came out of Bordeaux, France in the 1990s, Les Nubians offered a jazzy, sophisticated style of R&B that combined French lyrics with the influence of Sade, Soul II Soul, hip hop and African pop. The duo consists of sisters Helene and Celia Faussart, who were born in France to a French father and a Cameroonian mother. After living in France as children, the siblings moved with

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LOS ANGELES, CA. March 04, 2000: French R&B duo LES NUBIANS - Helene & Celia Faussart - at the 14th Annual Soul Train Music Awards in Los Angeles. © Paul Smith / Featureflash Addl info: An unconventional female duo that came out of Bordeaux, France in the 1990s, Les Nubians offered a jazzy, sophisticated style of R&B that combined French lyrics with the influence of Sade, Soul II Soul, hip hop and African pop. The duo consists of sisters Helene and Celia Faussart, who were born in France to a French father and a Cameroonian mother. After living in France as children, the siblings moved with
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LOS ANGELES, CA. March 04, 2000: French R&B duo LES NUBIANS - Helene & Celia Faussart - at the 14th Annual Soul Train Music Awards in Los Angeles. © Paul Smith / Featureflash Addl info: An unconventional female duo that came out of Bordeaux, France in the 1990s, Les Nubians offered a jazzy, sophisticated style of R&B that combined French lyrics with the influence of Sade, Soul II Soul, hip hop and African pop. The duo consists of sisters Helene and Celia Faussart, who were born in France to a French father and a Cameroonian mother. After living in France as children, the siblings moved with their parents to the African country of Chad in 1985, when Helene (b. 1975) was ten and Celia (b. 1979) was six. The sisters lived in Chad for seven years before returning to France as teenagers. Helene and Celia had been singing most of their lives, and when they first formed Les Nubians, they were an a cappella group that specialized in covers of R&B, reggae and African songs. Eventually, they started working with bands and performing original material. Helene and Celia absorbed a variety of music along the way, and they have expressed admiration for artists ranging from Ella Fitzgerald and Abbey Lincoln to the Fugees and African icons Miriam Makeba and Fela Kuti. Their promising debut album, Princesses Nubiennes, was released by Virgin worldwide in France, Switzerland and Belgium in June 1998 before coming out on Omtown/Higher Octave in the U.S. in September of that year.

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