Artist Of The Day: Ibeyi

posted by Shane German on 03/10/2020

Ibeyi (pronounced ee-bey-ee) is an Afro-French Cuban musical duo consisting of twin sisters Lisa-Kaindé Diaz and Naomi Diaz.

In Yoruba, Ibeyi (Ìbejì) means "twins".  The duo sings in English, French, Spanish and Yoruba-  a Nigerian language spoken in West Africa by their ancestors before being taken to Cuba as slaves in the 1700s.

Their father, the late conguero Miguel "Anga" Diaz (Buena Vista Social Club), passed away while the women were still in their teens and their mother Maya insisted that the pair compose and perform.

Their two full album releases "Ibeyi" and "Ash" meld together electro-acoustic production, Jazz, samples, beats,  and Afro-Cuban and Yoruba sounds with contemporary influences ranging from Kendrick Lamar, Jay Electronica, Erykah Badu, and Nina Simone.

 

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