August 15, 2014

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Meet Naomi and Lisa-Kaindé, the 19-year old French-Cuban twins that echo Sade and their Yòrúban roots mixed with a kick reminiscent of Adele or MIA. Their debut EP, Oya, came out last week on XL Recordings to build buzz before their upcoming debut. It includes two versions of both “Oya” and “River”, with their counterparts sans drums and added dub, respectively. To get to know them a little bit better, read this interview by Pigeons & Planes.

Ibeyi’s (which means twins, in Yòrúban) late father, Angá Díaz, was a member of the Buena Vista Social Club and a solo Cuban percussionist. In that same Pigeons & Planes interview, Naomi, the duo’s percussionist, notes that her fathers’ album Echu Mingua has the biggest impact on their music because “it is a blend of so many genres of music that he felt so strongly about.” They’ve done an excellent job carrying on his passions with these two tracks, most notably mixing an updated boom-bap & clap hip hop sound with electronic and gospel. While waiting for their proper album, I’ll continue to watch these striking videos, and if anybody else wants to join, continue my search for the XL Recordings A&R formula.

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