In case you have yet to hear,
Philadelphia is turning it out this
spring with the Philadelphia
International Festival of the Arts (PIFA),
a three-week arts smorgasbord centered
around the theme "Paris: 1910 - 1920,"
which was one of the more influential
arts decades of the twentieth century.
A hundred years later, PIFA celebrates
the brash and innovative artistic spirit
of that decade in Paris with more than
seventy-five commissioned works and over
a hundred collaborating partners.
One of the more eagerly anticipated
evenings occurs on the 21st of April at
the Perelman Theater at the Kimmel
Center for the Performing Arts when the
Grammy-nominated Les Nubians appear.
These glamorous Afro-European sisters
from Paris, France are one of the most
successful French-recording acts in the
States. Their second album, One Step
Forward (2003), featured the Top Ten
single "Makeda," as well as the
Grammy-nominated "Je Veux D’la Musique."
You know those Verve Remixed
compilations? The ones they play during
Fashion Week in New York, or at downtown
lounges and restaurants? Les Nubians
have a similar vibe: very cool and
Remember Soul II Soul and the Fugees?
Remember how you loved those albums? Les
Nubians have that drum-and-bass thing
going on, with seductive harmonies and
Often compared to Edith Piaf and Ella
Fitzgerald, these women can sing - and
they’re gorgeous as well.
Spend an April evening with Les Nubians
at PIFA in Philly - and you might find
yourself dreaming of Paris.
April 21, 2011 @ 08:30 PM
Location: Perelman Theater
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
First in a series of features about
the Philadelphia International Festival
of the Arts (PIFA), continuing through
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