Ibeyi is made up of Cuban-born, Paris-based twin sisters, Naomi and Lisa-Kainde Diaz, who are creating a buzz with their debut EP “Oya.”
The 19-year-old musicians are XL Recordings newest signees and their introductory singles “Oya” and “River” are a hypnotic blend of electronica, Yoruba songs and folkloric music that will transport the listener.
The sisters sing in French, English, Spanish and Yoruba and cite their primary influences as Nina Simone, Meshell Ndegeocello, James Blake and their father, the legendary Cuban percussionist Miguel “Anga” Diaz, who left us all too soon.
Naomi plays the cajón and the batá while Lisa-Kaindé remains more in tune with the musical mythos of Ibeyi’s sound by weaving Yoruba lore deeply into their lyrics. “River” is dedicated to the goddess Oshun (the mother of the Ibeyi), and their first single and EP are both named for Oya (the orisha who took the Ibeyi in after Oshun was accused of witchcraft for birthing twins and kicked them out).
The spirit of Anga lives through his musical legacy and his daughters, who are taking his teachings and the music in a new, exciting direction.