“Our father Anga Diaz was one of the most famous percussionist in Latin Jazz. What was an influence is he was a hard worker, he was always on tour but I remember him saying that the one most important thing in life is family and the only time we saw him cry was the time we fought and he said you two are sisters you two have to find a way to connect and not argue any more. We found our way to connect and it is really a blessing.” -IBEYI

 

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With family ties to one of the most legendary percussionist in Latin Jazz, 19 years old Cuban born Parisian twins, Lisa-Kainde Diaz and Naomi Diaz are making a distinctive mark all of their own with IBEYI. Although relatively new, forming in 2013, the roots of IBEYI derived from ibeji (meaning twins in Yoruba) was seeded almost a decade ago after the passing of their father; the Grammy-winning, Buena Vista Social Club Percussionist; Anga Diaz, the sisters then just 11 years old learned to play the cajón; their father’s staple percussion instrument.

 
 

Anga Diaz

 

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Naming musical influences from Nina Simone, Meshell Ndegeocello, James Blake to Reggaeton the core of the Diaz sister’s music is influenced by their Cuban heritage and the Yoruba language; originated from West Africa, transporting to Cuba during slavery in the 1700′s. Signing with Richard Russell’s label; XL, that boasts an pretty impressive Rolodex with artists such as Adele, FKA twigs, M.I.A, Radiohead, SBTRKT and Atoms For Peace to name a few, IBEYI in it’s own right will soon become a well known name. In the mist or recording their debut album for XL, with Russell personally on production, here is a taste of what is to come plus a more personal look at IBEYI.

 
 

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Nowness: Interview + Live Version Of River

 

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River

 

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Cry For You

 

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Oya

 

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Lisa Diaz (What Makes You Happy)

 

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