Ibeyi have premiered a video for their debut single “Oya”. Produced by XL founder Richard Russell, “Oya” is Ibeyi’s 1st piece of music since signing to XL Recordings. It forms part of Ibeyi’s debut AA-sided single “Oya / River” out later this summer.
Watch the Jamie-James Medina (The xx, Ratking) directed video.
Ibeyi are 19 year old French Cuban twins, Naomi + Lisa-Kainde Diaz. They are daughters of the late Cuban percussion Anga Diaz. Naomi plays percussive instruments, the Cajon & the Batas, while Lisa plays piano. Together the twins have learned the songs of their father’s culture, Yoruba.
Yoruba traveled from West Africa to Cuba with slavery in the 1700s. The Yoruba people have the highest twinning rate in the World, & twins occupy an important position within Yoruba culture. Ibeyi is pronounced “ee-bey-ee” & translates as “Twins” in Yoruba.
The girls sing in English + Yoruba, & have created a minimalist sound that merges elements of their heritage with their natural love of modern music as teenagers grown up in Paris, citing artists such as Fiona Apple
& King Krule amongst their wide range of influences.
Ibeyi are currently recording their debut album for XL, with Richard Russell on production.
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