Ibeyi Announce North American And European Tour Dates

French-Cuban twin sister duo Ibeyi share their extensive 2015 North American and European tour dates in support of their XL Records debut.

Already on a tour that has included stops at the Music Hall of Williamsburg and SXSW, French-Cuban duo Ibeyi have announced additional dates in North America and Europe. As their sessions on NPR's World Cafe and in Seattle's KEXP studio show, twin sisters Naomi and Lisa-Kaindé Diaz perform the heartbreakingly beautiful songs from their XL Recordings debut album Ibeyi with an intriguing mix of sensitivity and passion which they translate to their live show. Catch Ibeyi's upcoming tour dates below via Bandsintown. For more from the group, watch their ‘Day Out’ record shopping with Okayafrica TV in NYC below.

Update 5/27: Ibeyi have added a North American leg to their tour this fall, check out the updated dates below.

Ibeyi 2015 North American Tour Dates: 

Ibeyi 2015 Full International Tour Dates:

Apr 22Le MoodsZurich, Switzerland
Apr 25Antipode MjcRennes, France
Apr 26cabaret vaubanBrest, France
Apr 28La SireneLa Rochelle, France
Apr 29LE FUZZ'YONLa Roche Sur Yon, France
Apr 30La LucioleAlençon, France
May 09Midi FestivalToulon, France
May 12Islington Assembly HallLondon, United Kingdom
May 14The Great EscapeBrighton, United Kingdom
May 17Les Nuits BotaniquesBrussels, Belgium
May 22StereoluxNantes, France
May 23Festival Papillons de NuitSaint Laurent De Cuves,France
May 24Festival Art RockSaint Brieuc, France
May 26Primavera Sound - Sala ApoloBarcelona, Spain
May 30Festival Les 3 ÉléphantsLaval, France
May 31L'ASTROLABEOrleans, France
Jun 04RockhalEsch Sur Alzette,Luxembourg
Jun 05Heartbeats FestivalAuby, France
Jun 06La LaiterieStrasbourg, France
Jun 13Festival l'Edition,Marseille, France
Jun 17NXNEToronto, Canada
Jun 20Central Park SummerstageNew York, NY
Jun 21Arts & IdeasNew Haven, CT
Jun 22World Cafe Live PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia, PA
Jun 25Festivalpark WerchterWerchter, Belgium
Jun 26Rock WerchterRotselaar, Belgium
Jul 01Festival Days OffParis, France
Jul 04Les EurockeennesBelfort, France
Jul 06Mojotic FestivalSestri Levante, Italy
Jul 07UnaltrofestivalMilan, Italy
Jul 09Nice Jazz FestivalNice, France
Jul 11Pohoda FestivalTrencin, Slovakia
Jul 17Marlay ParkDublin, Ireland
Jul 18Latitude FestivalSouthwold, United Kingdom
Jul 19Melt FestivalGräfenhainichen, Germany
Jul 24Womad FestivalMalmesbury, United Kingdom
Jul 25Secret Garden PartyHuntingdon, United Kingdom
Jul 30Les Nuits De FourviereLyon, France
Jul 31Esperanzah!Floreffe, Belgium
Aug 02Fiest'A SèteSète, France
Aug 13Haldern Pop FestivalHaldern, Germany
Aug 14Way Out West FestivalGothenburg, Sweden
Aug 22Dockville FestivalHamburg, Germany
Nov 02Concorde 2Brighton, United Kingdom
Nov 03KOKOLondon, United Kingdom
Nov 04TrinityBristol, United Kingdom
Nov 06OobleckBirmingham, United Kingdom
Nov 07BrudenellLeeds, United Kingdom
Nov 08GorillaManchester, United Kingdom
Nov 10King Tut's Wah Wah HutGlasgow, Uk


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The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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