Are You A Stranger Or Lover Of Ibeyi?

A year can be a short time in music or one that feels like it goes on endlessly, a year can take you higher or disperse with the tide of the new.

Ibeyi have risen steadily since the release of their self-titled debut album, Ibeyi – introducing a multitude of layers through their music both ancestoral and reincarnated in new form. Ibeyi means twins in Yoruban, which are believed to share a combined soul cherished by the Yoruban people who also intriguingly have the highest twinning rate in the world.

Lisa-Kainde and Naomi Díaz have captivated audiences around the world with their minimalist spiritual sound and the new single ‘Stranger/Lover’ is another standout track from their stunning album. Residing in Paris, the twins have immersed us into the spiritual highs of Yorùbá lore through their lyrical flow which fuses together their French, Afro-Cuban heritage and transcends with the sound of mysticism into modern soul. Channeling a boom-bap jazz beat with traditional instrumentation of the cajón and the batá and lyrical stories of love and prayer.

Maybe it’s no surprise that a rich musical heritage flows through veins considering that they are the daughters of Buena Vista Social Club jazz percussionist Miguel “Anga” Diaz. They sing in English and Yoruba, a language that was introduced to Cuba by the West African slaves in the 1700 and infused itself into a Cuban musical legacy.

The new video for ‘Stranger/Lover’ is distinctly Ibeyi – and they are certainly distinct in their style and visuals showcasing vulnerabilities and learning to live with the pain of love with an innate confidence.

Selling out tours across the U.S and Europe Ibeyi return to the U.K in November for a 2nd tour.

Brighton – Concorde 2, Nov 2

London – KOKO, Nov 3

Bristol – Trinity, Nov 4

Birmingham – The Oobleck, Nov 6

Leeds – Brudenell Social Club, Nov 7

Manchester – The Gorilla, Nov 8