Ibeyi – who comprise 19 year old French-Cuban twins Naomi and Lisa-Kainde Diaz – are delighted to announce a run of live appearances in October and November. The dates will include Ibeyi’s first trip to the U.S. in New York City on November 18 and Los Angeles on November 20.
Tickets for all shows are on sale now, with full dates below:
October 7th La Cigale, Paris, France (supporting Asa) Tickets
October 23rd Courtyard Theatre, London, UK Tickets
October 30th JazzOnze, Lausanne, Switzerland (free Show)
October 31st Kasern, Bale, Croatia Tickets
November 3rd Hostess Weekender Festival, Tokyo, Japan Tickets
November 7th Salle Daniel Ferry, Nanterre, France (with Sandra Nkake) Tickets
November 10th Astra, Berlin (supporting Chet Faker), Germany Tickets
November 12th Les Inrocks Festival (supporting Damon Albarn), Paris, France (SOLD OUT)
November 13th Vondelkerk, Amsterdam, Netherlands Tickets
November 18th Joe’s Pub, New York, USA Tickets
November 20th Hotel Café, Los Angeles, USA Tickets
Meanwhile, following their debut Oya EP and the release of a recorded version of “Mama Says”, Ibeyi have today shared a special interpretation of the Jay Electronica track (which they will perform on their upcoming dates) “Better In Tune With The Infinite”. The one-take live recording took place during sessions for Ibeyi’s debut album, which is being produced by Richard Russell and will be released in 2015 on XL Recordings.
You can hear “Better In Tune With The Infinite” right now HERE
Lisa and Naomi are the daughters of the late Cuban percussionist 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. NPR recently featured the girls stunning video for single “River” and did a small introductory piece on their Alt Latino show (listen here).
Yoruba travelled from West Africa to Cuba with slavery in the 1700s. The Yoruban people have the highest twinning rate in the World, and twins occupy an important position within Yoruban culture. Ibeyi is pronounced "ee-bey-ee" and translates as "Twins" in Yoruban.
Ibeyi sing in English and Yoruban, and have created a minimalist sound that merges elements of their heritage with their natural love of modern music as teenagers growing up in Paris, citing artists such as James Blake and King Krule amongst their wide range of influences. Read more about Ibeyi in their interview with Pigeons and Planes.