Ibeyi Announce Australian Tour

Family creates special bonds, and when this bond is developed by the power of music, it can result in something beautiful. This is the deep kind of beauty that 20-year-old French-Cuban twin sisters Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Diaz have delivered through their project Ibeyi. Ibeyi means “twins” in Yobura, a Nigerian language, spoken by the African slaves brought to Cuba by the Spanish in the 1700s.

The twins released their debut, self-titled album in 2015 through the English record label XL Recordings, approximately one year after Oya, and the title-track single that put them into the spotlight. Their music reflects the cultural diversity they were brought into. Their father Anga Diaz, who passed away in 2006, was a famous Cuban percussionist known for his contribution to bands such as the Buena Vista Social Club. They lived in Cuba their first couple of years, but were raised and still currently live in Paris.

Ibeyi is a mix of percussions, jazz, pop and vocals. This debut album is a form of catharsis to wash away many painful events such as the death of their older sisters in 2013. But far from being depressing, the record is rather full of joy and hope. Do yourself a favour and give it a fair listen.

The duo will be touring in Australia in March through Remote Control Records. See dates below.

March 6 – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane QLD
March 8– Oxford Art Factory, Sydney NSW
March 10 – Max Watts, Melbourne VIC

Matea Pichet

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