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Stream Ibeyi's Self-Titled Debut Album

Hear Afro-Cuban twin sisters Ibeyi's debut full-length for XL Recordings in its entirety.


20-year-old twin sisters Naomi & Lisa-Kaindé Díaz are readying the release of their debut album as Ibeyi next week. Their self-titled LP, produced by XL label head Richard Russell, is heavily indebted to the Parisian-born twins' Afro-Cuban heritage (they're the daughters of famed Cuban percussionist Anga Díaz). The 13-track album expands on Ibeyi's blend of santería themes, cajón & batá percussion, downtempo hip-hop elements and electronic sounds. The sisters' songs also include elegies to their deceased family members ("Think Of You" is about their father, "Yanira" their late older sister) and run through a host of references to Yoruban orisha spirits ("Eleggua" and "Oya"). Stream the album in its entirety via NPR. For more, check out the the twins' previously featured videos for "Mama Says," "River," "Oya," and "Ghosts" and watch our episode of Okayafrica TV with Ibeyi below. Ibeyi is due February 17 on XL Recordings and is up for pre-order now on iTunes/Amazon UK/XL US Store.

>>>Stream Ibeyi's Self-Titled Debut Album (via NPR)

Ibeyi Tracklist

1. Eleggua (Intro)

2. Oya

3. Ghosts

4. River

5. Think Of You

6. Behind The Curtain

7. Stranger / Lover

8. Mama Says

9. Weatherman

10. Faithful

11. Yanira

12. Singles

13. Ibeyi (Outro)

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The latest episode of The Messenger is something to behold.

Created by Sudanese-American rapper Bas, The Messenger throws the spotlight on the thunderous circumstances many African countries face, with a close focus on Ugandan politician Bobi Wine.

In his most recent traumatic experience, Wine and his wife Barbara Itungo Kyagulanyi were released from a nearly two-week military house arrest following the ruling of a Ugandan court. Keeping up with current events and circumstances that Wine finds himself in, the latest episode of the podcast recounts the traumatic events that led to Wine's very public abuse and eventual house arrest.

Upon his release, Wine spoke with The Messenger and had this to say, "I want to remind the world that we went in this election knowing how corrupt the staff of the electoral commission is. We saw this through the campaign and the world saw how much was oppressed, how biased and one sided the electoral commission was, and how much it was in the full grip of General Museveni. And therefore we are going to test every legal test, we shall take every legal test. We shall take every legal step. And indeed we shall take every moral and morally proactive, nonviolent, but legal and peaceful step to see that we liberate ourselves. The struggle has not ended. It is just beginning."

Listen to Episode 7 of The Messenger here.

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