Born in Bordeaux but raised partly in Chad, with a French father and a Cameroonian mother, the young, formerly a cappella artists call their breakout release 'a travelogue-a kind of journey through all different kinds of music of the African diaspora.' The trip is an infectious ride of seductive vocals, grooving bass and laid-back hip-hop with digitized orchestral backdrops and emotion-stuffed, ethereal titles like 'Les Portes du Souvenir' ('Memory's Doors') and 'Si Je T'avais Ecout?' ('If Only I Had Listened to You').
Well suited to this mix is 'Tabou,' an upbeat remake of Sade's 'Sweetest Taboo,' which comes complete with an interlude of half-charged, Bordeaux-style rap that carries itself a bit like LL Cool J in a Riviera deck chair. The main attraction is the Faussart sisters themselves; well beyond their years, these smart and sultry vocalists will make anyone want to run off and purchase a set of Say It in French tapes.
Lyrics about love, womanhood and the preservation of traditions will sail right over English-bound heads, but there's enough seduction, spirit and Afropean groove here to keep you nodding emphatically. Omtown/Higher Octave Music 45997.
FromEscape(Sept., 1999.) Subscriptions: $18/yr. (4 issues) from Box 462255, Escondido, CA 92046.