Meet Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Diaz, twin sisters and musical duo Ibeyi. Ibeyi (pronouned "ee-bey-ee" and translates to "twins" in Yoruba) released their debut self-titled album this February and it has proven to be an authentic, cultural, and intimate portrait of loss, love and growth.
I can't remember the last time I listened to an album and had it be a spiritual experience. As the intro plays and transitions into "Oya" I found their music to be soothing while grabbing my full attention. When I listened for the first time I hadn't noticed that slowly everything around me had slowed to a stop. I wanted to dance either by myself or with another. I just wanted to sway. As "River" played I wanted to cry, for no particular reason other than to release. Hearing them sing in Yoruba instilled immense pride in being kin to a people who have such a beautiful language and unparalleled strength. I wanted to sing too. I wanted to create, dance, and paint. For the first time, I understood what is meant when people say art will heal the world. This album can serve as a silent therapy providing whatever it is you need to move toward becoming whole. It's vague enough to speak to whatever you need to hear yet speaks directly to healing and beginning anew enough that if you just let it play in the background you're bound to internalize the message. It is authentic. It is honest. It is bare. It is everything we should be if we were to let go of the insecurities, inhibitions and constraints given to us or judgements we place upon ourselves. ...Enjoy.
Blessings | Ibukun
Is it just me? lol