Ibeyi

While reading up on the African diaspora, I learned about tribes in Nigeria that traveled to Cuba during times of slavery. I studied all the different ethnicities present in Cuba, and how they impacted the cultural dynamics in regards to food, langue(s), music etc. While doing all of this research I stumbled upon the works of the French-Cuban duo, Ibeyi, which consists of twins Lisa-Kaindé Diaz and Naomi Diaz.

These Cuban-born, French-bred virtuosos sing in both English & Yoruba, while accompanying themselves on the cajón, batá drum, and/or piano. Each and every one of their pieces is an expression of their love for music, a representation of their Nigerian ancestry, and a harmonious display of their boundless talent. The value of their ancestry is also present in their name, Ibeyi, meaning "twins" in Yoruba. 

Their songs contain Afro-Cuban, French and Yoruba derivatives that are then marinated with the flavors of Jazz & Hip Hop, sounds beautiful doesn't it? Since their start in music, the dynamic duo have released two bodies of work, Oya the EP, and Ibeyitheir self-titled album. Below is a playlist I've created of a few of their songs/covers, which I'm sure you'll enjoy.

Loved it? I knew you would! Lucky for you, Ibeyi will be at the U St. Music Hall in D.C. on March 24th, you can purchase tickets here. Also, don't forget to follow them on Twitter for updates!