The French/Cuban 20-year-old twin sisters of Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Diaz have both an obvious connection to each other’s musical capabilities and ties to music in their soul – or at least in their genes. Their late father, Anga Diaz, was a percussionist for Beuna Vista Social Club. It was his untimely passing that brought the pair to music and they now present an interesting world twist to electronic R&B, hip hop, and jazz.
They’ve created a sound that pays homage to their dad: seamlessly blending in Yoruba spiritual music that originated in southwestern Nigeria and Benin and was then brought to Cuba with the slave trade.
Signed to XL Recordings, Ibeyi has been touted as the best of what’s next in music by Paste Magazine and have found a big fan in label head Richard Russell who produced the album and were the first band to record in his new London studio. If you’re one of the many who missed out on Ibeyi tickets to the now sold-out Drake Underground affair, fear not. They’ll be back. This time, however, sleeping on both the buzz and the tickets is no excuse.