[17 April 2011]
This is a kind of music that leaves me completely cold—mild Afro-European R&B with weightless feel-good lyrics about liking the planet and loving your womanhood and, if you are African, being happy that you have hair, a celebration that seems rather tough on the bald. The two Les Nubians are French sisters born in Paris. Their distant roots lie in Cameroon, and one of their songs, “Je Veux D’la Musique”, was nominated for a Grammy in 2004. They can’t quite grasp the language of their mother’s Cameroonian ethnic group, they explain, but never mind, they have nice emotions when they think about it, and that’s what really matters. Africa is the continent of the future, and who knows why or how or what anyone might do to achieve this desired sense of solidarity, but it’s a pretty feeling, and that’s the important thing. Move your body.