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Beyoncé Just Introduced All 43 Million Of Her Instagram Followers To Ibeyi

Beyoncé featured French-Cuban twin sister duo Ibeyi in an Instagram post.


Naomi and Lisa-Kaindé Díaz of Ibeyi (Photo: Oluwaseye)

Beyoncé just introduced all 43 million of her Instagram followers to 20-year-old French-Cuban twins Ibeyi (though we're sure more than a few of those 43 million were already hip to the Díaz sisters and their stunning debut album). Last night, B teased a short clip from a video that Vogue posted yesterday in an article announcing Beyoncé's September issue cover story. Though the original footage is set to what sounds like a warped vintage French record, the Instagram post features an excerpt from "River," Ibeyi's dedication to the goddess Oshun (and one of our Top Tracks of 2014).

The FADER reports that according to a label rep, XL Recordings had no idea the video was coming. "When our friends started to send us messages, we were in the airport in Germany, going to play in Sweden, we could hardly believe it," the sisters wrote in an email to The FADER.

Naomi and Lisa-Kaindé responded with a thank you note to Queen B. "You are welcome on our river," the girls wrote in an own Instagram post.

H/T The FADER

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A video posted by Beyoncé (@beyonce) on

THANK YOU QUEEN B @beyonce you are welcome on our river 😍 A video posted by ibeyi (@ibeyi2) on

For more on Ibeyi, watch the girls' recent Okay Acoustic performance from Central Park along with two more of our favorite Okayafrica TV episodes below.

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This Compilation Shines a Light On East African Underground Music

We talk to a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation from Uganda's Nyege Nyege.

Nyege Nyege, a label in Kampala, Uganda is channelling the confidence brimming over a whole continent. Africa is no longer the future. For dance music, its time is right now.

Music For the Eagles is a compilation released in conjunction with Soundcloud to showcase the best new acts that East Africa has to offer outside the mainstream. A new wave of artists firmly blasting non-conformist energy for you to spasm to. Music that takes you places. Otim Alpha's high BPM wedding frenzy of incessant rasping vocals accompanied by feverous violin will have you clawing the walls to oblivion. Anti Vairas' dancehall from a battleship with super galactic intentions doesn't even break a sweat as it ruins you. FLO's beautiful sirens call, is a skittish and detuned nursery rhyme that hints at a yearning for love but reveals something far more unnerving. Ecko Bazz's tough spiralling vocal over sub-bass and devil trap energy is an anthem that can only be bewailed. And Kidane Fighter's tune is more trance-like prayer. These are only some of the highlights for you to shake it out to.

We got to chat with a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation as they took a break from the studio below.

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