FLOETRY & LES NUBIANS / “Grown Folks Music Vol. 5”
Two of the best known contemporary soul duos: Floetry and Les Nubians.
Floetry, which is now disbanded (each of the partners have new solo albums about to drop), is from England. Their combination of poetry and music represented two popular movements: spoken word and neo-soul. I was looking forward to their development and was disappointed when I heard they broke up. Fortunately they left behind two studio albums plus a live set recorded in New Orleans. The jukebox contains two of their hits (“Butterflies” and “Hey You”) taken from their live album.
Les Nubians sing mainly in French but also include some English. My first impression of them was that they were ok but I was not knocked out. On closer inspection I found myself enthralled with their approach and the consciousness behind their music. I was especially taken by their covers of jazz classics by Duke Ellington (“Come Sunday”) and Thelonious Monk (“Round Midnight”), both of which are included in the jukebox. Les Nubians have a new album scheduled for release before the end of 2010.
Unfortunately, other than he is based in Atlanta, I do not have any information on DJ 1derful but you can go here to get a free download of this week’s Mixtape. Below is the tracklist.
Les Nubians – "Makeda"
Floetry – "My Apology"
Les Nubians – "Liberté"
Floetry – "Blessed 2 Have"
Les Nubians – "Me & Me"
Floetry – "Fun"
Les Nubians – "One Step Forward"
Raheem DeVaughn – "Marathon" (feat. Floetry)
Les Nubians – John Banzi (Feat. Lipstik) – "Rendezvous"
Floetry – "Floetic"
Les Nubians – "Bebela"
The Floacist Featuring Josh and Kissi B. – "Life in 3D"
Les Nubians – "Desolee" (Roots mix-demo version)
Floetry – "Say Yes"
Les Nubians – "Temperature Rising"
Floetry – "Opera"
Les Nubians – "Princesse Nubienne"
Floetry – "If I Was a Bird"
—Kalamu ya Salaam
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