The duo that comprises Les Nubian, Hélène Faussart and Célia Faussart, emerges from the pandemic with new music and renewed passion to bring their melange of sound to the world. The imposed quarantine was both frustrating and fruitful for the two women.
Mshale spoke to the sisters this week on Zoom, with Hélène in Guadeloupe and Célia in Paris. The physical separation from their audience weighed on them. Célia said, “It was very challenging, in Paris we couldn’t go anywhere. We couldn’t go to other countries.”
But out of that frustration, “We also released a playlist, Les Nubian, to comfort people during confinement,” said Hélène. They also released to acclaim, a single, Liberation, in the spring of 2020. “It was perfect timing at that time for what we were going though,” said Célia. “The theme of song was important to share to all the people stuck at home.”
During covid, Hélène went to Cameroon “to see if was time to settle in the country of my mother, but it was not. I was not ready for the corruption.” Instead, she traveled to Guadeloupe.
Most of Les Nubian’s musicians are from Guadeloupe. There, Hélène found an artistic collective of many nationalities from countries such as Martinique, Guadeloupe, and Dominica. She said, “Being part of this community confirmed to me what makes the beauty of this world, it’s us individuals, us human beings.”
Now that most restrictions have lifted, they’ve begun to tour again. July 13th brings them to The Dakota for a return engagement for two shows, 7:00 p.m. and 9: 00 p.m.
Tickets are available at this link.