Ibeyi have premiered a video for their debut single “Oya” today. Produced by XL founder Richard Russell, “Oya” is Ibeyi’s first piece of music since signing to XL Recordings and is available to purchase digitally now. It forms part of Ibeyi’s debut AA-sided single “Oya / River” out later this summer.
You can watch the Jamie-James Medina (The xx, Ratking) directed video and hear the song right now below.Ibeyi are 19 year old French Cuban twins, Naomi and Lisa-Kainde Diaz. They are daughters of the late Cuban percussion Anga Diaz. Naomi plays percussive instruments, the Cajon and the Batas, while Lisa plays piano. Together the twins have learned the songs of their father’s culture, Yoruba.
Yoruba travelled from West Africa to Cuba with slavery in the 1700s. The Yoruba people have the highest twinning rate in the World, and twins occupy an important position within Yoruba culture. Ibeyi is pronounced “ee-bey-ee” and translates as “Twins” in Yoruba.
Ibeyi sing in English and Yoruba, and have created a minimalist sound that merges elements of their heritage with their natural love of modern music as teenagers grown up in Paris, citing artists such as Fiona Apple and King Krule amongst their wide range of influences.
Ibeyi are currently recording their debut album for XL, with Richard Russell on production.