Ibeyi, which in Yoruba language means twins, is the name of this Franco-Cuban duo consisting of Lisa-Kainde in the lead vocals, and Naomi in percussion, who are daughters of the late Cuban percussionist Miguel ̈Anga ̈ Díaz – ex Buena Vista Social Club and Irakere – and the Franco-Venezuelan singer Maya Dagnino, who is currently her manager.
They were announced thanks to the video Mama Says, which is already circulating on the youtube platform and has captivated the producer of the English label XL Recordings, Richard Russell.
While his first production, Ibeyi, represents both an elegy of the departure of his father and his elder sister, as a tribute to his roots; Ash, of 2017, reflects the current conjuncture of society. In 12 themes Ibeyi speaks of female empowerment, racial injustice, loneliness and love; repeating the formula of singing in Yoruba, English, French and Spanish. Also collaborations with artists like Chilli González, Mala Rodríguez, Meshell Ndegeocello and Kamasi Washington are an addition that outlines the musical maturity of Naomi and Lisa-Kainde. The set of voices assembled with percussion and keyboards, plus the touch of a more inclined aesthetic towards trip-hop, is congruent with the musical thread that this duo has been presenting to us. by Michele Gómez Rincón