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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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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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Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

ProVerb’s Memoir Is A Huge Slap In The Face To South African Hip-Hop

In his memoir, one of South Africa's revered lyricists ProVerb and his co-author compromise his rich story with trite motivational talk.

The Book of Proverb

ProVerb has had a strange relationship with the SA hip-hop scene. Albeit being one of the most gifted lyricists the country has ever seen, he has grown to flow less and hustle more. Despite this, his name still comes up when the greatest (South) African rappers of all time are mentioned. MTV Base placed him as the 7th in their list of the greatest SA MCs of all time in 2018 for example.

The rapper-turned-media personality dedicates a paragraph of his memoir, The Book of Proverb, to explaining his complicated relationship with hip-hop. "Although I built my brand as a hip-hop artist, I never enjoyed full support or success from it," he writes. "Music is and always will remain a pass ion, but it stopped being viable when it stopped making business sense to me. If I was given more support, I might continue, but for now, I'll focus on my other hustles."

On the cover of the book which was released towards the end of 2020 by Penguin, Verb is wearing a charcoal blazer and sporting a white ball cap, so one can be forgiven for getting into it expecting both sides of his story. This memoir, however, is too vague to be a worthy read if you aren't necessarily reading to get motivated but to be simply informed and inspired.

While a few of The Book of ProVerb's chapters touch on his rap career, most of the book is about ProVerb the man, personality and businessman. Not so much one of the country's finest lyricists. This omission is a huge slap in the face for his fans and SA hip-hop fans in general.

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