Weekend UpdateBy Iquo B. Essien, The AFRican Blogger

Weekend Update
By Iquo B. Essien, The AFRican Blogger

Published on Fri, Jul 20 2007 by Iquo Essien
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LES NUBIANS @ BB KING'S (MNHTN)


Yes, folks, Les Nubians are returning to NYC for a concert at BB Kings on Saturday night. These girls are my heart! I've always thought that I could be the third sister. Last May, a few days after their concert at SOB's, I met Celia Faussart (pictured top right). Let me lay out how it went down.

It was a Saturday, and I had gone to DNA for Nia Love's modern roots dance class (the best class in the city, hands down, you hafta check her out!). After that, I stopped by my new fave clothing store in Chinatown, Necessary Clothing. As I waited in the checkout line, I saw a familiar looking white/Euro guy staring at me, kinda giving me the once over. Behind him a woman with her hair in a loose bun was looking at some bangles on the wall, her back to me. Just looking at her back alone, I knew it was Celia (I'm kinda clairvoyant), but I paid for my stuff and left the store without a word.

Then I was kinda tired from my dance class and all, so I sat down on the steps outside and started text msging some friends while people watching. I musta been pretty engrossed in the texts, cause then I saw Celia's back again as she and her friend continued down the sidewalk to the next store. I still hadn't seen her face, but my intuition told me it was her. I got up and started walking in the opposite direction toward the subway, but something told me to just turn around and follow them. When I did, they were stopped in front of a shoe store, and this time I saw Celia's face perfectly.

Cut to me.

Me [in mock amazement]: Celia?! I thought that was you! I just wanted to come over and say hello, my name is Iquo.

Celia: I...

Me: Iquo.

Celia: How do you spell it?

Me: I-Q-U-O.

Celia: I-Q-U-O...Iquo. Ok.

Me: Yeah, I'm a writer, live in Bklyn, starting film school next year. Are you based in Paris now?

Celia: Yes, always.

Me: Oh, ok. [smiling] You know, people say we look alike. Do you think so?

Celia [smiles, glances tentatively at her friend, then to friend]: Well, I don't know, what do you think?

Friend [shrugs shoulders]

Me [taking out camera phone and handing it to her friend]: Let's take a picture! Do you mind? Just press this button...

[We pose]



Celia [grabbing phone from friend]: Well, let's see! Do we look alike?

Me [looking over her shoulder]: A little bit...

Celia [nodding head]: Yeah, yeah, yeah. The nose.

Me [laughing]

Me [to Celia]: So, what are you doing here, just hanging out?

Celia [smiles]: Well, we're on tour so we're gonna be leaving soon for Detroit, Portland, San Francisco, San Diego, Oakland...but we get a little down time.

Me: Do you know any of the spots? There are some nice parties. Or maybe you don't feel comfortable going in there?

Celia: It could be okay, but I'm not here that often so I don't really know where to go.

Me: I saw you guys at SOB's, it was a great show! Hey, when you were in DC did you meet my friend Wale? He was taking pictures...?

Celia: You have to describe him for me.

Me: He's slender...

Celia: Is he tall?

Friend [raises hand in the air to indicate height]

Me: Not that tall...I think you guys gave a talk at a library after the show? I saw some pics...

Celia: Oh, you're talking about the National Museum of Natural History...[speaks in French to friend]...ok, ok, I remember him! [smiles]

Me: Yeah, he's a great photographer. [quiet for a minute] So, how are the kids?

Celia [smiling]: Oh, they're good. They're big people now!

Me [laughing]: Yeah! [to her friend] You look familiar too...

Friend [mock strums a guitar, slightly miffed]: The guitarist.

Me [smiling widely, giving him the thumbs up]: Oh, yes! Very good work!

Celia [walking over to storefront window]: Oh, I like those! [points to a pair of sandals] They're cute!

Me: Yeah, they are...

Celia [to friend]: And they're crocs, too? [pauses, considering the shoes]

Me: You know Fisiwe too, don't you? She was on the spoken word album?

Celia: Yeah, we've known her since 1999. We don't just find the people and put them on the album without knowing them.

Me: Yeah, she's one of my people. We grew up together in Albany. That's really a great project you guys are working on. When's the next album coming out?

Celia: Maybe in a couple of years.

Me [getting deep and isht]: So you guys are focusing on touring right now. You know, I always wondered how you sisters write your songs. I mean, you're both two strong personalities, I mean, how do you make it work?

Celia [getting tired of my questions]: I guess we just sit down and somehow it works out.

Me: Yeah.

Celia: I want to go inside and try and get these shoes.

Me: Oh, ok!

Celia: Well, Iquo, you know ur here in Brooklyn hanging out, doing your thing, maybe we will see you around again. You never know!

Me [smiling]: Yeah! You never know. It was nice meeting you.

Celia: You too.

Me: Bye!

Celia [entering store with friend, waving]: Bye!

You know, sometimes I don't know if I'm crazy or not. I really do just walk up to complete strangers and act like I know them. But strangers are truly friends you haven't met yet, so maybe all those formalities are useless. All that being said, Celia gets KUDOS for being so approachable, friendly, and COOL. Mos def the highlight, and high life, of my year. So check em out! Still can't believe she's making millions off my face... ;)

Event Details:

Les Nubians @ BB King's
Saturday, July 21, 2007
8:00PM - 10:30PM (Doors @ 6)
Ages: 21+
Cost: 26 dollars in advance; 28 dollars at the door
BB King's Blues Club & Grill
237 W. 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036
N/Q/R/W/A/C/E/2/3-42nd Street
BB King's
Les Nubians

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SUDANESE ARTIST SHOWCASE @ SUMMERSTAGE (MNHTN)


Looks like Saturday's gonna be a toss up. If you can't cough up the money for Les Nubians, check out a FREE world-class lineup of Sudanese musicians, uniting for the first time in 20 years, at Central Park Summerstage. I guess if you're crazy, like me, you could go to both! LOL. The concert is presented with support of the Sudanese Information Center. Come early if you want a seat!

Event Details:

Saturday, July 21, 2007
3:00PM - 7:00PM
Sudan @ Central Park Summerstage: Sharhabil Ahmed, Abu Araki Al Bakhiet, Yousif El Moseley, Hadia, Ammal, Hayat "Al Balabil" (The Humming Birds), Ali El Sigade, Omer Banaga, Rasha Sheikh Aldein Gibreel, Al Warif, Sheikh Aldein Gibreel, Brides of the Nile Dance Group, Emmanuel Kembe (South of Sudan), Omer Ihsas (Darfur), and The Nile Music Orchestra
Rumsey Playfield in Central Park (Enter the park at 69th Street and 5th Avenue on the east side or at 72nd Street and Central Park West on the west side)
Cost: FREE
East side: 6 train to 68th or 77th Streets
West side: 1, 2, 3, 9, B or C trains to 72nd Street
Central Park Summerstage


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