words by Tanya Bonnie Rae

Twenty year old French/Cuban twin sisters and mystic beauties Ibeyi (Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Diaz), released their self-titled, full length debut album on British independent record label, XL Recordings. The Cuban born, Paris-raised twins sing in English, Spanish, French and Yoruba, a Nigerian language that travelled to Cuba via slavery in the 1700’s. They often sing of heritage, family and loss, a reoccurring theme in their highly emotive music.

Lisa’s mature, haunting voice (and widened vocal range) has the ability to crawl under your skin and speak to your heart. Naomi’s tribal percussive beats provide the perfect backdrop. Their songs are layered and often drawing from soul, hip hop and classical inspirations. ‘Mama Says’ is a highlight, creating an eerily beautiful form of nostalgia, while ‘River’ is more earthy and laced with elements of funk and soul.

Ibeyi is genuine, warm and truly enchanting. Expect goosebumps.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Check out a few of Ibeyi‘s debut album-tracks below, and then go purchase a copy from iTunes.

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