Ibeyi – Ibeyi // Album Review

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French-Cuban twin sisters – Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Diaz – stand out from the crowd: striking, beautifully honest and creatively daring, Ibeyi, which translates as “twins”, have already enjoyed notable stamps of approval, topping The Guardian’s 2015 list and signing to relentless trend-setters XL. Their self-titled debut record is a genuine triumph, thanks to their wonderfully intelligent blend of religious and traditional – indeed their late father was a highly accomplished cajón player with Buena Vista Social Club – and classy contemporary. From the powerful, other-worldly ‘Oya’ to the stunningly melancholic ‘Mama Says’, the pair showcase undeniable raw talent and that innate vocal and rhythmic relationship that comes from a blood-tie. Broken-up by acapella interludes, Ibeyi is as assured a first outing as you can imagine; it’s real, eye-opening, refreshing and there’s no doubt the young twins are, as their songs often divine themes suggest, a force to be reckoned with.

Buy: Ibeyi – Ibeyi

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