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Les Nubians at The New Parish


  • Photo by Peter Graham

There hasn't been a lot of French-language hit singles in the United States, but one of the biggest was "Makeda," released in 1998 by French duo Les Nubians. Although not a smash hit, anyone listening to underground hip-hop and R&B in the late '90s heard it and vibed out to it. It's a smooth, soulful jam with a heavy dose of jazz — a step above most of the popular R&B acts of the time. The duo, made up of sisters Hélène and Célia Faussart, released the song on its debut record, Princesses Nubiennes, which is about as good as it gets for artists that ride the line of pop music, jazz, soul, and head-bopping hip-hop grooves. Les Nubians are currently on tour celebrating 20 years in music. They have never disappointed. — Aaron Carnes

Saturday, Sept. 16, 9 p.m., $22, $25, 1743 San Pablo Ave., Oakland.

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