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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