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Ibeyi Spend A Day Out Record Digging With Okayafrica TV

To celebrate the upcoming Record Store Day, French-Cuban twin sisters Ibeyi took Okayafrica TV on a hunt for vinyl at A-1 Records in NYC.


When Okayafrica found out French-Cuban twin sister duo Ibeyi would be making their US debut we knew we'd have to get to the bottom of their rising spiritual sound with roots from the Continent. Mixing Yoruba culture with downtempo electronic and hip-hop music, 19-year-old sisters Naomi and Lisa-Kaindé Díaz have already released a stunning two-song EP (in addition to their interpretation of Jay Electronica's "Better In Tune With The Infinite") and will make their full-length debut next year on XL Recordings. The 13-track album, which was co-produced by XL boss Richard Russell, is dedicated to the twin's late sister and father (celebrated Cuban jazz percussionist Miguel “Anga” Diaz from Buena Vista Social Club). Ahead of their first ever show in New York City, and just in time for Record Store Day, Okayafrica TV had the chance to spend the day out digging for vinyl with Ibeyi at A-1 Records in the East Village, where the sisters shared insight on their musical heroes— from Roy Ayers, Erykah Badu and their "goddess" Nina Simone to Miriam Makeba and Angélique Kidjo (who they recently opened for in London). Watch this and more in a Day Out With Ibeyi on Okayafrica TV below.

Producer: Allison Swank

Videographers:

Jake Remington, and Lance Steagall

(Collabo!)

Editor: Jake Remington

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Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

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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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