Talent definitely runs in the family for the muscial duo, Ibeyi, which consist of French-Cuban twin sisters, Lisa-Kaindé Diaz and Naomi Diaz. They are also the daughters
of the brilliant Cuban percussionist Miguel “Anga” Diaz. His Afro-Cuba and slightly tinged hip-hop influence can easily be heard throughout their self-titled debut album, Ibeyi, but especially on the tracks Behind the Curtain and Exhibit Diaz. There are also similarities to the musical French pair of sisters who make up Les Nubians, as they too experience with French hot jazz and R&B. The extraordinary track on the album is the song, Stranger Lover, which is a voluptuous, head-nodder that moves without haste and creates a luxurious and undeniable chill for any setting. There is a theme of emotional vulnerability heard in many songs that are, more than likely, attributed to the untimely passing of both their father and their older sister. This fragileness lends authenticity to the overall appeal of the album which accomplishes a stylish quality of beauty without pretentiousness. Their album is currently available digitally, but if you’re lucky enough to catch them in concert they still have a few US dates left.
US Tour Dates
September 30, 9:30 Club, Washington, DC
October 2, Webster Club, New York, NY
October 3, Royale, Boston, MA