When Josh accuses J.R. of being weak, J.R. dares Josh to take the CrossFit challenge with him. The guys head out to Metro Flex Gym to see who’s really got the goods. It won’t be easy: the guys will do some intense workouts, including sled pushes and tire flips. And you know it isn’t CrossFit unless someone brings out the sledge hammer. Spoiler alert: Only one of the guys will make it to the end.
Twin sisters Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Diaz, the Cuban-African duo behind Ibeyi, have been churning out haunting electronic tracks since last summer. Their hit, “River,” is a must on everyone’s playlist. You’ve got questions about this amazing duo, we’ve got the answers.
Ibeyi (pronounced “ee-bey-ee) means “twins” in Yoruba, a language from West Africa. Yoruba culture played a significant part in Cuba’s history, which is why Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi took on a Yoruba name and write many of their lyrics in the language.
The girls were born in Cuba, but moved to Paris when they were two-years old. Most of the year, Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi live in Montparnasse, once an artist’s mecca in the south of Paris. They try to visit Cuba once a year.
Ibeyi integrate old Yoruba hymns into their songs. “We are doing this because we love this music, we believe it is our identity, we feel that it’s our legacy and it’s a way to connect with our ancestors. It is a big part of us,” Lisa-Kaindé told the Irish Times.
For 20-year-olds, they’ve experienced more than their fair share of tragedy. Their father died unexpectedly of a heart attack in 2006. When they traveled with their mother to Cuba for the funeral, border officials denied them re-entry, and the 11-year-olds had no other option but to return to mourn in Paris. In 2013, their older sister, Yanira, died of a brain aneurysm. Their song “Yanira” is dedicated to her.