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Various Artists / Les Nubians Present Echos, Chapter 1: "Nubian Voyager"
Album:Les Nubians Present Echos, Chapter 1: "Nubian Voyager" Collection:General
Artist:Various Artists Added:09/2005
Label:Triloka Records 

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Add Date:2005-11-13 Pull Date:2006-01-15 
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Album Review
Reviewed 2005-11-13 
LES NUBIANS Present “Echoes, Chapter One"
Triloka, 2005

An intoxicating poetry slam (in French and English), with heavy dollops of hiphop, smooth r&b, and even a touch of jazz mixed in. Half a dozen poets contribute, but the French soul duo Les Nubians are at the helm, and sing on 5 tracks. The set, which includes a few live tracks, is divided into four themes: Motherland (1-6), Urban City Life (7-13), Love Stories (14-17), and Spiritual Human Nature (18-21). They keep it FCC-clean but cut it close in a few spots. Deep poems, tasty grooves, good stuff.

Play #11 right now! Then try: 2, 3, 6, 7, 10, 15, 19

1. 1:03 – somber French spoken word with hand drum/tribal atmospheric backing
2. 3:35 – m/f duet English poem, jazz bass & percussive loops, and a bit of singing
3. 3:35 – fem French soulful singing/spoken word w/African rhythms & loops
5. 3:49 – pretty French song w/acoustic guitar, hand drums, thumb piano, fem vox
6. 5:36 – live English fem freestyling, strong, spiritual, feminist w/jazzy backing
7. 1:53 – fast religious poem, many old testament/rastafarian references, good beat
8. 2:55 – flowing French m/f conversation, chill background
9. 2:26 – live smooth/retro French r&b. too short to be effective.
10. 4:52 – deadpan fem English poem about NYC, sinister jazzy bass loops
11. 3:43 – I love this! Flowing male French lead with gorgeous fem backing vox, and a nice nice summer-day soul start-stop groove. Oooooh…damn!
12. 4:57 – remixed French r&b, quick beats but still sort of mellow, nice duo vox
13. 3:54 – a continuation of #8, now with a bass-heavy backing & electrical noises
14. 4:09 – English poem (ick), slow-jam backing w/strings, horns, acoustic guitar
15. 3:00 – live fem love/sex poem (English) with jazz combo, great crowd reaction
16. 2:28 – male French spoken-word over slow-jam; so sexy it’s rather silly.
17. 4:34 – fem English poem about love & death, sad soul backing, 2nd half sung
18. 2:28 – male French spoken word, sinister atmosphere. A bit disturbing.
19. 7:08 – moody r&b jam, fem English freestyle poem is abstract but captivating, gets into a sort of roots-reggae vibe at one point, then jazzy.
20. 3:33 – smooth r&b, lots of flute, fem English vox… like a more intellectual Sade
21. 1:23 – somber french spoken word, windswept/blasted atmosphere with violin

[Fo] – 11/13/05

Track Listing
 ArtistTrack Name
1.Souleymane Diamanka Elle Est Nee En Nubie
2.Chuma & Fisiwe Heaven
3.Anouch Adjarian & Zuga Les Entrailles Du Monde
4.Souleymane Diamanka Au Pied De L'histoire De Mon Peuple
5.Les Nubians Solide
6.Queen Godis Freedom
7.Jamarhl Crawford War In Babylon
8.John Banzai & C. Lia Prose Electrique Part 1
9.Les Nubians Demain
10.Kasema Kalifah N.Y.C.
11.John Banzai & Les Nubians Rendez-Vous New York
12.Les Nubians Embrasse Moi
13.John Banzai & C. Lia Prose Electrique Part 2
14.Jamarhl Crawford To The Queen
15.Nazeelah Jameson Untitled Rhapsody
16.Souleymane Diamanka Je Te Souhaite Une Blanche Nuit
17.Kasema Kalifah The Death And The Living
18.Souleymane Diamanka Quand Le Ciel Eclate En Sanglots
19.Queen Godis Fire
20.Les Nubians I Disagree
21.Souleymane Diamanka La Prose Des Vents