"Ibeyi" is the term of the Yoruba tribe for the divine spirit that exists between twins. This is the name of the 20-year-old French-Cuban duo Naomi and Lisa, currently based in Paris. The twins grow on both sides of the Atlantic. Daughters of the famous Cuban percussionist ("Buena Vista Social club") Anga Diaz and the French-Venezuelan singer Maya Dagnino, they continue their musical path more and more attractive and undeniably beautiful in the vast art.

photo: Ibeyi

photo: Ibeyi

 

At the age of 11, Naomi Diaz began playing the Afro-Peruvian traditional instrument, the Cajon. It is a percussion musical instrument that is struck with hands, fingers, and sometimes with brushes, sticks or sticks. It is used mostly in Afro - Cuban music, but also in contemporary flamenco, jazz and others. Lisa Kainde Diaz is a pianist and songwriter who developed with the help of her mother. The two sisters began with their debut album, dedicated to their father and their third sister, Yanira, who died seven years after their father. Their music includes styles from Cuban traditional music, electronic, French jazz, R&B, Hip-Hop and pop music. The result is their deeply emotional debut of the same name with the album "Ibeyi".

tracklist

roomFirst NameDuration
1."Eleggua"1:16
2."Oya"3:52
3.Ghosts3:31
4.River4:12
5.Think of You3:40
6.Behind the Curtain4:13
7."Stranger / Lover"4:11
8."Mama Says"4:09
9.Weatherman4:02
10."Faithful"3:27
11."Yanira"3:37
12.Singles3:59
13."Ibeyi"1:48
14.Fly (Bonus)3:32
15.Chains (Bonus)3:01

 

photo: Ibeyi

photo: Ibeyi

In many ways, Ibeyi is a long-standing ritual - a dedication to life and love, both in the past and in the present. Fittingly, the album begins with a prayer from Yoruba to Eleggua, a landmark that blesses "intersections" and "roads" from the earthly and non-terrestrial path. The presence of Eleggua and other mythical creatures saturates the album thematically and musically. In River, for example, Lisa-Kainde and Naomi pray to the deity Oshun for high-flowing rivers and fertility. The song feels monumental. Still, it is an invitation for rebirth. When draining the vocals, it becomes clear that the only other instruments are a MIDI controller (or two) and knowledge of the piano. And that's exactly what makes Ibeyi so remarkable. Instrumentally, their music is scarce. But, it always feels full of emotions and spirituality that is as emotionally deep as the people and circumstances that create it.

Participations follow in Australia, Europe and America.

photo: Ibeyi

photo: Ibeyi

photo: Ibeyi

photo: Ibeyi

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