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Ibeyi

Monday, February 2, 2015 | by Caitie Tieman

Ibeyi made up of French-Cuban twins Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Diaz, knot together smooth, occasionally even feather-light, vocals with mesmeric percussion. Daughters of Cuban musician Anga Diaz (of the Buena Vista Social Club), they utilize the cajón (an instrument he famously used) in the rhythmic backbone of their distinctive sound, and, while singing mostly in English, also interject phrases and expressions in Yorbuba (the same language from which the band’s name is taken). The duo’s debut album is set to release later this month. Give a listen to a few of their tracks below.

 

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