Soul, Funk, R&B, & Hip-Hop

Les Nubians

When: Thu., July 19, 9 p.m. 2012

Although they're firmly rooted in the tradition of female French balladeers (think La Vie en Rose), sisters Hélène and Célia Faussart, of the Afro-Parisian group Les Nubians, have been known to sing over familiar hip-hop samples. In a mixtape to promote their 2003 album, One Step Forward, the sisters sang in warm, lilting tones over a beat cribbed from rapper N.O.R.E. Their single "Temperature Rising," with its jagged, syncopated guitar underpinning, featured guest spots by TalibKweli and French rapper John Banzaï. In a career spanning two decades, the sisters have ventured from R&B to hip-hop, Afro-pop, and, most recently, new wave -- the title track of their 2011 album, Revolution,features a busy industrial beat with a decidedly retro veneer. Their latest album shows that even after a long hiatus, the Faussart sisters have kept abreast of current pop trends, and found ways to incorporate them into a more classically beautiful soul template. No wonder they're still internationally beloved. Les Nubians perform at The New Parish (579 18th St., Oakland) on Thursday, July 19. 9 p.m., $25-$65. TheNewParish.com

Rachel Swan

Price: $25-$65

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