A few weeks ago, the downtempo soul sisters of Ibeyi stirred the waters with their grand appearance on Beyoncé’s highly debated Lemonade opus. Last week, they were presented for the first time in Cuba (native land of their father, famed Cuban percussionist Miguel “Angá” Díaz) at Chanel’s controversial fashion spectacle in Habana, where Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi sang “River,” a haunting ode to Oshun. On Sunday (Mother’s Day), the twins summoned the goddesses at a completely sold out show in North Beach Bandshell — a local debut and the last of the first leg of their American tour.
“We believe that art is a spiritual ?path,” said Ibeyi, who are deeply-rooted in the widely practiced Afro-Cuban religion of Santeria. “?A way to connect to ourselves and to others. A way to be present and a way to share.”
And connect they did, mesmerizing a packed house in Miami Beach with their Yoruba chanting and bata drums. They not only dedicated the song “Mama Says” to mothers in attendance, they sang their cover of “Better in Tune With The Infinite” by Jay Electronica, who they “fell in love with” at first listen.
See the best clips of the French-Cuban duo at their Miami debut (below). Catch Ibeyi later this summer when they return to the U.S. to play at Lightning in a Bottle in California, Sasquatch! in Washington or Bonnaroo in Tennessee.
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