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Ibeyi: Afro-Cuban Electro via Paris

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.

Where did they get their musical chops?

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Their father, Miguel Anga Diaz, was a percussionist for the famed Buena Vista Social Club. He died when they were 11.

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So what does Ibeyi mean?

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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.

Is there anything they can’t do?

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Probably not. Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi speak four languages: English, Spanish, French and Yoruba. They’ve also been known to finish each other’s sentences.

Are they models, too?

Where do they live?

Do they have an appreciation for the past?

Is all their music hymn-like?

Do they write and sing?

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What else inspires their music?

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Can I get their music now?

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