Press Play: Ibeyi

August 2, 2017



By Ana Rojo

Franco-Cuban twins Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Diaz are the masterminds behind their music project Ibeyi. With a genre-spanning sound that has not only landed them on Beyoncé’s film Lemonade, it also got the attention of XL Recordings boss Richard Russell who gave them a record deal after being mesmerized by a YouTube video of the two.

The daughters of famed Cuban percussionist of Yoruba descent, Miguel “Angá” Díaz and French-Venezuelan singer Maya Dagnino, the duo grew up with passion and love for music, especially after the death of their father. After his passing, the two began to study Yoruba folk songs at at only 11, Naomi learned to play his signature instrument the cajón, which she uses in their music now while Lisa-Kaindé plays the piano.

Their combination of modern pop, hip hop and electronic with the traditional sounds of their Yoruban culture exemplifies their seamless blend of modern and ancient, which they are synonymous for, and crossing cultural sounds with their Afro-Cuban roots and their Parisian heritage. Their music is a reflection of themselves, their family and their Santeria beliefs, which is shown in their musical titles and themes.

Recently releasing a new single earlier this summer, “Away, Away”, Ibeyi also announced a tour through North America this fall, which kicks off here in Miami. If you missed their sold-out show last year, you are in luck since they will be back to perform at the North Beach Bandshell on October 28. You don’t want to miss these two live and if you need anymore convincing, check out “Away, Away.”

Grab your tickets here.