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Watch Ibeyi's Unsettling Video For 'Mama Says'

French-Cuban twins Ibeyi share the official visuals for "Mama Says" off their upcoming self-titled debut on XL Recordings.


French Cuban twins Ibeyi share the official visuals for "Mama Says" off their upcoming self-titled debut on XL Recordings. The unsettling Ed Morris-directed video follows the track's theme, starring the sisters' real life mother as a figure of isolation and loneliness due to a lost partner. The 'Yoruba doom soul sisters,' Naomi and Lisa-Kainde Diaz, have also released more details on their debut LP, that's one of the two album covers above (the other features a photo of the twins as children) and the full tracklist of the 13-song release below. Ibeyi is due February 17 on XL and is up for pre-order now on iTunes/Amazon UK/XL US Store. The twins will be coming to the U.S. this month for two shows in NY and LA (full tour dates below). Watch the music video for "Mama Says."

 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)

Tour Dates

7th November — Salle Daniel Fery, Nanterre, France

10th November — Astra, Berlin, Germany (with Chet Faker) – SOLD OUT

12th November — Casino De Paris, Festival Les Inrocks, Paris, France (with Damon Albarn) – SOLD OUT

14th November — Royal Festival Hall, London, UK (with Angelique Kidjo and Asa)

18th November — Joe’s Pub, New York, USA – SOLD OUT

20th November — Hotel Cafe, Los Angeles, USA

15th January — Eurosonic Festival, Groningen, The Netherlands

17th-22nd March — SXSW, Austin, TX, USA

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Photo by Don Paulsen/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Hugh Masekela's New York City Legacy

A look back at the South African legend's time in New York City and his enduring presence in the Big Apple.

In Questlove's magnificent documentary, Summer of Soul, he captures a forgotten part of Black American music history. But in telling the tale of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, the longtime musician and first-time filmmaker also captures a part of lost South African music history too.

Among the line-up of blossoming all-stars who played the Harlem festival, from a 19-year-old Stevie Wonder to a transcendent Mavis Staples, was a young Hugh Masekela. 30 years old at the time, he was riding the wave of success that came from releasing Grazing in the Grass the year before. To watch Masekela in that moment on that stage is to see him at the height of his time in New York City — a firecracker musician who entertained his audiences as much as he educated them about the political situation in his home country of South Africa.

The legacy Masekela sowed in New York City during the 1960s remains in the walls of the venues where he played, and in the dust of those that are no longer standing. It's in the records he made in studios and jazz clubs, and on the Manhattan streets where he once posed with a giant stuffed zebra for an album cover. It's a legacy that still lives on in tangible form, too, in the Hugh Masekela Heritage Scholarship at the Manhattan School of Music.

The school is the place where Masekela received his education and met some of the people that would go on to be life-long bandmates and friends, from Larry Willis (who, as the story goes, Masekela convinced to give up opera for piano) to Morris Goldberg, Herbie Hancock and Stewart Levine, "his brother and musical compadre," as Mabusha Masekela, Bra Hugh's nephew says.

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