Les Nubians have an upcoming album on Shanachie Records on April 19th, Nü Revolution; if you haven't already, check out the video for "Veuillez Veiller Sur Vos Rêves" and the streaming audio for "Afrodance." The Cameroonian/French-based duo recently stopped by NPR's 'Tell Me More' for a live performance and a lovely interview in which we learn more about the concept of Nü Revolution. With all the turmoil in the world right now, the optimism of sisters Célia and Hélène is an essential part of their uplifting music.
"...It's the evolution of a dream. It's also the evolution and the revolution, through woman, through Eve. This album is how we materialize our dreams and how we formulate new dreams to create the future." - Célia
Let's discuss this snowballing Tribe documentary situation... The Sundance Film Festival premiered the documentary Beats Rhymes and Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest. Fans wondered why the group wasn't promoting the film and it became controversial; they seemed to be disassociated from the project. Phife attended the Sundance festival, but he was not happy and openly expressed regret that his bandmates were not there to share the moment. More internet rumors and rumblings suggested that Tribe was not happy with their producers, or the end result. But differences of opinion are hardly unique obstacles in film production. So the extent of Tribe's participation was called into question because the group was practically silent about it.
Finally, this week, MTV's news reporter Sway interviewed Q-Tip and Ali Shaheed (with Jarobi on speaker phone) to "Break the Silence" about the documentary. The video above was released today - it's only Part Two of the interview. The real shocking statements came in Part I of the interview, confirming rumors that it was a clusterf#ck of a project. [Watch Part 1]In Part I, Q-Tip shares some internal dialogue from the producers of the film, mainly Michael Rapaport, who has been very outspoken about the documentary since the Sundance Film Festival. It revolved around an email which was mistakenly sent to the group by one of the film's producers (probably on autocopy, thank you technology!) Even though the entertainment industry has never been known for tact, honesty or good business, the email #fail was inflammatory and upsetting to the group and its real fans.
We have some Tribe action to look forward to now, including the rest of this MTV interview, the documentary (which will be featured soon at Tribeca Film Festival) plus a new album from Q-Tip, and a "director's cut" from Michael Rapaport.
Update 3/18 - MTV has posted the full 7-part interview here.
Apparently Thom Yorke was in an extra social mood the day of the 2011 Worldwide Awards in London. Check out this video of him and Gilles Peterson interviewing Flying Lotus, a massive Winner at the event and GS staff favorite.
Miguel took his act to FaderTV and gave them an intimate little performance of his hit song "All I Want Is You." The singer's latest album also features "Quickie" and "Sure Thing," and after traveling on the The OMG Tour with Usher and Trey Songz, we see big things for Mig Money.