Ibeyi – The 2015 Tour
The up and coming French-Cuban twin sisters Naomi and Lisa-Kaindé Diaz, better known as the soon-to-be-household name of Ibeyi, are back in action and better than ever, bringing you their innovative, spare, and unique sound to a stage in your part of the world. Don't miss the one and only Ibeyi when they arrive at an American venue for three exclusive shows in Minneapolis, MN; and Los Angeles and San Francisco, CA. Because of their extremely limited touring schedule this season, you should really make every effort to see these incredible musical artists when you have the chance. If you really can't make it out this time around, however, have no fear. The Diaz twins will definitely be touring again in the near future. When they do, you can be sure that StubHub will have all of the concert ticket and venue information that you need. So set up an alert in order to keep up with all of the latest Ibeyi concert news and information right here on StubHub – your first and best option for ticket and venue needs on the internet!
Whether these incredible twin sisters are playing the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis, Hollywood Forever's Masonic Lodge in bustling Los Angeles, or the nationally legendary Independent in San Francisco, Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Diaz always bring their audiences passionate and moving performances that are as powerful as they are unique. Don't miss out on your chance to see these French-Cuban musical up and comers! Get your tickets today.
Ibeyi is pronounced "ee-bey-ee" and is the musical duo from Paris consisting of twin sisters Naomi and Lisa-Kaindé Diaz who bring together elements of electro soul doom and Afro-Cuban roots music. They take their moniker from the word "twins" in the Yoruban language. The sisters would be born in Cuba, and they sing in both Yoruban and English. Their father is none other than the late Miguel "Anga" Diaz, conguero of the Buena Vista Social Club. He would pass away while the sisters were just in their teens. Maya, their mother, insisted that the young women take up performance and composition.
Naomi and Lisa-Kaindé, then, began to sing together in their neighborhood in their early teens, later taking on the whole city of Paris. In 2013, Richard Russell, boss of XL Recordings, watched a YouTube video of the twins performing "Mama Says" and invited them to London. He would sign the pair and began working on their debut album as well as contributing his talents on the synth. Two singles, "River" and "Oya", would come out in 2014. The duo would be featured on the BBC 2 program Later…With Jools Holland and came out with a third video release for "Mama Says". Their eponymous debut LP would come out on the XL label in February 2015.
Ibeyi is the impressive eponymous debut from Naomi and Lisa-Kaindé Diaz who were born in Cuba and raised in France. This ambitious effort would make it onto the Billboard 200, into the Top 10 on the Top Independent Albums chart, and topped the Top Heatseekers chart in 2015. The offspring of percussionist and Buena Vista Social Club member Miguel "Anga" Diaz and Venezuelan mom Maya started making music when their father passed away in 2006. After Richard Russell of XL tracked them down to their Montparnasse neighborhood, they would get signed for the first album to issue from XL's new studio in London. The album's sound is deliberately minimal, depending on both new millennium Euro soul and the religious chants of Santeria. Lisa-Kaindé plays piano and sings lead, and Naomi plays the batá and cajón West African drums and sings harmony. These latter elements are both part of the musical lineage of Cuba. The twins vocalize in both Yoruban and English. Their Yoruban comes from their father's cultural and spiritual heritage. XL's Russell is not simply just the producer but also the album's guide, collaborator, and anchor. His beats, samples, and snaky synths are employed sparingly but add a smoky depth to the eerie style of Ibeyi's music. The track list opens with a chant to the orisha (god) Eleggua who unlocks the paths of all things in the Santeria tradition. Following this is essentially a heartfelt hymn to the goddess of storms and winds, Oya. Ibeyi then progresses to more everyday concerns with elegiac piano tethered to the earth with organic, layered drums in the sensual track "Ghosts". The fat, distorted bass drums of "River" are coupled with vampy piano, funky and transcendent guitars, and dark, soulful vocals. The album continues in this vein with "Stranger/Lover" with delicate piano lines, lispy hi-hat, and relentless synth bassline while Lisa-Kaindé gives up a soulful jazzy vocal. In a skeletal bridge, the sisters use funereal light piano, batá, and cajón to invoke Eleggua again. "Yanira" progresses from broken-hearted desire to warm affirmation. It is hard to make direct comparisons to Ibeyi's sound, though their style would be at home with other electro doom artists of the soul generation, such as Benjamin Clementine, BLK JKS, and FKA Twigs. Their tunes of spirit, lust, love, and family mesh perfectly with their complementary harmonies. Their sonic and musical palettes evoke both the human realm of physical geography and ancestry and the otherworldly existence that opens doorways of senses and feelings that are no less present for their invisibility.
The song that got Ibeyi a record deal, "Mama Says", tells of the Diaz sisters' mother's sadness after the death of Anga and their own plea to Maya for her to keep on living.
The Ibeyi Concert Experience
Prepare yourself for an experience unlike any concert you have ever seen before. Ibeyi always gives you one of the most mesmerizing shows in the industry as they roll through their impressive first collection of songs that draw from musical influences from at least four continents. The Diaz sisters' unique flair for harmony and their mastery of genres not usually exposed to popular culture make the Ibeyi concert experience as unforgettable as it is unique. Don't miss out on your chance to see these inimitable musicians in action.
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